Early Children's Books ([ 1887 ])

Charles Welsh

Books For Children of The Last Century.

Published: Privately Printed for The Sette of Odd Volumes.

Date: [ 1887 ]

'The Sette of Odd Volumes' did themselves very well. Founded in 1878, the 21 members were an elite group of antiquarians and men of letters, headed by Bernard Quarich. They commissioned lavishly produced books to accompany their lectures; each was limited to anything from 25 to about 250 copies, 'imprinted for Private Circulation only'. These booklets are typically on heavy hand made paper with wide margins, elegant typography and understated design - all very proper but actually very useful too. The Sette were an erudite bunch and this early volume , number 11, is a look at 18th Century books produced for children. It reproduces Welsh's lecture and catalogues the 104 titles in the 'collection of dirty, dog-eared and well-thumbed little books on the table before me.' A collection which would have been hard to put together even then!

Excellent, clean and crisp in the printed card covers. The title has been neatly inked to the blank spine.


Offered by The Antiquarian Book Company