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100 Nineteenth-Century Rhyming Alphabets in English, from the Library of Ruth M. Baldwin

Baldwin, R.M.

ISBN 10: 0809305097 / ISBN 13: 9780809305094
Verlag: Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, first edition, 1972, 1972
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Cloth, cover illustration, 4to, 29 cm, x, 296 pp, 38 pp in colour. From the blurb: "While one cannot be certain of the total number of rhyming alphabets published in the past century, the hundred alphabets in this volume represent but a small portion of those in Ruth Baldwin's library. Although most of the alphabets reproduced here were published in the early part of the latter half of the nineteenth century, they well represent as a whole this first era of large-scale children's book publishing. Most of the alphabets included are anonymous, but some were illustrated - and in certain cases written as well - by such famous artists and illustrators as Greenaway, Walter Crane, and Edward Lear. No effort has been made to establish exact dates of publication, much less the edition or chronological sequence since to do so properly would be almost impossible and beyond the scope of this book. Because of the anonymous nature of most of the material in this book, the alphabets have been grouped thematically under such topics as children's names, nature, animals, farm life, gardening and flowers, trades, goodness and scripture, and travel. Variations on three classic alphabets -A Was an Apple Pie," "A Was an Angler," and "A Was an Archer"- which go back many centuries in the oral tradition, have been arranged together. There are also miscellaneous alphabets with a single thought for each letter as well as those where each letter stands for many things. Most remarkable, perhaps, is the fact that neither the alphabets nor their illustrations were reprinted from one book to another with the same frequency as the stories were." Near Very Good in edgeworn and creased dustwrapper. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-38606

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Titel: 100 Nineteenth-Century Rhyming Alphabets in ...

Verlag: Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, first edition, 1972

Erscheinungsdatum: 1972

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Auflage: 1st Edition

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The library of Ruth M. Baldwin contains, at the present time, about 35,000 titles and editions of children’s books in English, all before 1900 and mostly from the nineteenth century. Though a small part of the out­pouring of children’s books in English in the nineteenth century estimated to be as much as a quarter of a million volumes her library is probably unique in its equal representation of American and English children’s books. How many of the books published were rhyming alphabets is difficult to say. These hundred books presented here, certainly a small part of the whole, bear publication dates around the early part of the second half of the century, and represent the whole century well, for true children’s book publishing did not precede this by much.


Children and readers in general as well as students of children’s literature should find this book of books interesting. The alphabets repro­duced here are included in their entirety, many of them in color, and are grouped thematically under such topics as nature, animals, and farm life.

About the Author:

Ruth M. Baldwin is Professor of Library Science at Louisiana State University.

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