Special Collections Showcases Its Children's Facsimiles
Do you have an interest in or affection for children's books? Visit Special Collections' display cases in Porter to view the department's colourful exhibit of early English children's facsimiles.
The exhibited children's facsimilies were acquired from the Osborne Collection of Early English Children's Books housed in the Lillian H. Smith branch of the Toronto Public Library.
Showcased titles include:
- The Dog's Dinner Party (ca. 1870) — No. 5 in a series of Shilling Toy Books. This work's large and detailed illustrations exemplify the growing emphasis of illustration during this era.
- Original and facsimiles by artist Walter Crane.
- In Fairy Land by Richard Doyle (1870) — Described as "probably the most beautiful of the books reproduced from the Osborne Collection," Doyle's fairies, gnomes, and elves are "highly sentimentalized," with "luminous eyes and distinctive faces."
- Cinderella with Five Set Scenes and Nine Trick Changes — A toy book designed to imitate the popularity of the pantomine at the time. This facsimile has changing pictures intended to simulate a theatrical presentation of the story.
- A selection of original children's works from Special Collections' stacks.
The children's facsimilies were originally purchased at the request of the Department of English Language and Literature. The exhibit will run until the end of January.
For more information, contact:
, Communications and Liaison Librarian
, Co-ordinator, Library Communications and Web Management
, Assistant, Library Communications and Web Development
November 4, 2011