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Harry Kennedy – L. Frank Baum Army Alphabet 1900

  Lyman Frank Baum is an American author, famous for his The Wonderful Wizard of Oz series, one of the most well known children’s book in the world . The Army Alphabet was first published by Geo. M. Hill in 1900. This title and its companion The Navy Alphabet were issued to coincide with Chicago’s hosting the 34th Annual Encampment …

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Mario Laboccetta – Tales of Hoffmann 1932

The Tales of Hoffmann is a well known opera by Jacques Offenbach, unfortunately Offenbach did not live to see his opera performed, he died just over four months before its premiere. Here is one of the rare illustrated Tales of Hoffmann. The illustrations was done by Mario Laboccetta, Italian designer, futurist artist-painter. He gained a bit of fame in Paris …

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Dorothy P. Lathrop – Tales from the Enchanted Isles 1926

Dorothy P. Lathrop is one of the most influential and important illustrators of children’s books in the thirties and forties. She illustrated the Newbery Medal winning  Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field in 1930, arguably her most famous work and it is still in print today. In 1937, Dorothy P. Lathrop illustrated Animals of the Bible and was …

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Howard Pyle – Otto of the Silver Hand 1888

Howard Pyle was one of the great early American illustrator. In 1900, he founded his own school of art and illustration called the Howard Pyle School of Illustration Art, also know as the “Brandywine School” of illustration. Many of his students are among the greatest American illustrators, including N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Jessie Wilcox Smith, Frank Schoonover. During his lifetime, …

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Jessie Marion King – A House of Pomegranates 1914

With a bit of time, I’ve re-scanned the book A House of Pomegranates illustrated by Jessie M. King.  A House of Pomegranates is a collection of fairy tales, written by Oscar Wilde, that was published as a second collection for The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1892). Wilde said once that this collection was “intended neither for the British child …

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Charles Folkard – Arabian Nights 1912

Arabian Nights, the stories of one thousand and one nights.  The stories that never ends … is a book that I’ve read and re-read countless to times over the years. I can never forget the first time I met Sindbad the Sailor in his grand palace nor Ali Baba in the treasures cave. Arabian Nights stories is indeed a treasure …

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Edward Julius Detmold – The Fables of Aesop 1909

Edward Julius Detmold was born in London 1883, the twin brother of Charles Maurice. He is well known for his animals illustrations in their natural environment. The Fables of Aseop, first published in 1908 by Hodder & Stoughton practically defined his raise to fame as one of the best animal illustrated artist. During his long career, he did the illustrations …

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Top 10 Golden Age Book Illustrators

Picking the 10 best and most influential Golden Age book illustrators is both a fun and a daunting task. How to chose among thousands of illustrators, what criteria to base my selection on, etc. … So I tried to make it easy for myself by picking among the illustrators I am familiar with. That I do have enough have enough …

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Illustrated Books

Adding to the recent Top 10 Golden Age Illustrators is the Top 10 most Beautiful Illustrated Books. With so many books that I do not have access to or known of, it’s certainly incomplete. I’m limiting the list to what I have or have seen. They represent the best among the Golden Age Illustrators and you can easily see why. …

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Thomas MacKenzie – The Story of Hassan of Bagdad 1924

Thomas Mackenzie (1887 – 1944) was born in Bradford, England. He was an artist producing illustrations for books and watercolours during the early 20th Century. His earliest commissioned works were for Ali Baba and Aladdin and illustrations for James Stephens’s “The Crock of Gold” , Arthur Ransome’s “Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp in Rhyme”, Christine Chaundler’sArthur and His Knights and …

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