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Eight classic titles intended for children, but equally suitable for adults. This beautiful matched set of children's classic literature was published in the 1930's & 40's and has been kept in near perfect condition.

Lovely gilt lettering and Celtic leaf design to spines & embossed head detail to the fronts. Each book has an exquisite, art-nouveau / Celtic / folk art inspired title page with detailed illustration pertaining to it's contents.

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Titles include:

'Lamb & Shakespeare - Selected Tales with Extracts from the Plays', by Charles & Mary Lamb. J M Dent & Sons, London, 1938.
Good condition, a few pencil notes in margins, neat inscription inside front cover: 'Joan Stott, Upper 3', embossed head on cover has been very neatly coloured in pencil.

'Cranford', by Mrs Gaskell, or Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. J M Dent & Sons, London, 1938.
Good condition, a few pencil notes in margins, slight pen mark to top of front cover, neat inscription inside front cover: 'Joan Stott, Upper III, H.G.S.G.O.', inside back cover in pencil: 'First read this book on Wednesday at 9.25am, finished chapter', also: 'Page 261'.
The portrait of Mrs. Gaskell on the title page has been very carefully coloured in, I assume by Joan Stott in the 30's / 40's, and is actually rather pretty!

'Birds in a Village', by W H Hudson. J M Dent & Sons, London, 1941.
Excellent condition, a few pencil notes in margins, neat inscription inside front cover: 'Joan Stott, Upper IV, 1942', inside back cover: 'First read on 23rd of January 1942 (Friday)'.
Features a few small illustrations.

'Stories from Morte d'Arthur & The Mabinogion', retold by Beatrice Clay. J M Dent & Sons, London, 1937.
Excellent condition, neat inscription inside front cover: 'Margaret Winterbottom, III A', has been neatly crossed out.
Features a few small b/w illustrations.

'The Canterbury Pilgrims - Being Chaucer's Canterbury Tales Retold for Children', by M Stewart MA & E C Oakden MA. J M Dent & Sons, London, 1937.
Excellent condition, neat inscription inside front cover: 'Margaret Winterbottom, Form III A', has been neatly crossed out.
Features b/w illustrations, a map and a short introduction about Geoffrey Chaucer.

'Bacon's Essays & Other Writings', or 'Essays and Other Writings of Francis Bacon', edited by Richard Wilson D LITT. J M Dent & Sons, London, 1941.
Excellent condition, small black mark on back cover, no inscription.

'Junior Modern Essays', selected by Guy N Pocock MA. J M Dent & Sons, London, 1942.
Excellent condition, some pencil notes in margins, neat inscription inside front cover: 'Joan Stott, L.V., 1943'.
Features b/w illustrations.

'The Black Arrow', by R L Stevenson. J M Dent & Sons, London, 1937.
Good condition, front cover feels slightly loose but still firmly attached, some pencil notes in margins & one ink blotch around p30, neat inscription inside front cover: 'Joan Stott, Upper 3, 1939 - 1940'. There's an unusual stamp (like a postage stamp) stuck inside back bage that reads: 'RL Stevenson - Copyright, 1 1/5d' (that's old pence).

Each measures 11.5cm (4 1/2") x 15cm (6") approx. and features gilt lettering & design to spine, embossed head detail to the front, and exquisite detailed illustrated title page with portrait or picture showing something to do with the title, either an author or image from the text.
All published by J M Dent & Sons, London.


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Collection of Classic Children's Literature - Chaucer, Shakespeare, R L Stevenson, Francis Bacon & More - Beautifully Decorated

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: hardback, hard back, cloth covered boards, cloth, gilt lettering, embossed decoration, illustrated title page, illustration, paper, print, text, letterpress, letterpressed
  • Ships worldwide from Exeter, United Kingdom
  • Feedback: 69 reviews
  • Favorited by: 44 people