Shirley Collection

A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible; or, Select Passages in the Old and New Testaments. London: T. Hodgson, 1785 The third edition of this title, a format that was used to teach children and uneducated adults passages from the Bible through the use of iconic graphics.  
July 23, 2009
An 1853 edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin from London, with 100 added illustrations in watercolor by an artist, presumably "Eugene Bauer" by the appearance of his signature next to several images. The detailed and deft characters and objects add a contemporary view of the famous novel by an amateur artist.
July 13, 2009
Two versions of the well-known ABC tale, The History of An Apple Pie, both from the early 19th century, but which came first?
July 2, 2009
A pop-up book created as a promotional item for the Mutual Broadcasting System, featuring a group of three-dimensional sports scenes: . . . from the bottom UP!, ca. 1943.
June 29, 2009
A curious production from the early 1920s intended to mimic motion in a book for young readers. Each "movie" is viewed by turning back successive panels on a scored page to reveal new scenes. While a bit awkward to manipulate, the idea works well enough to entertain and delight. Wonder movies by Victor M Earle; Illustrated by Benjamin Seielstad (Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, Page, 1923).
May 26, 2009
A pair of Mickey Mouse books from the early 1930s. Mickey, chercheur d'or [Paris] : Hachette, [©1931] whose endpapers advertise the adventures of the fellow on film and in the local newspaper. AND Mickey Mouse movie stories. Philadelphia, David McKay Co. [©1931]
May 7, 2009


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