Be Merry and Wise: Children's Books in Britain Before 1850. Brian ALDERSON, Felix de Marez OYENS.
Be Merry and Wise: Children's Books in Britain Before 1850
Be Merry and Wise: Children's Books in Britain Before 1850
Be Merry and Wise: Children's Books in Britain Before 1850
Be Merry and Wise: Children's Books in Britain Before 1850
Be Merry and Wise: Children's Books in Britain Before 1850
Be Merry and Wise: Children's Books in Britain Before 1850

Be Merry and Wise: Children's Books in Britain Before 1850

Place Published: New Castle, Delaware
Publisher: Oak Knoll Press & The British Library
Date Published: 2006
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover

First edition. Origins of Children's Book Publishing in England, 1650-1850. 9 x 12 inches. xvi, 318pp, (2). Illustrated throughout with 100 colour & 250 monochrome illustrations and with references, indices. Cloth, with dust jacket both in near fine+ condition.

Below quoted from the inside front flap of the dust jacket...

When was it that someone decided that books might be written and published for child readers? It's fair to say that some kinds of text-alphabets, fables, the Lord's Prayer, may have been seen as fundamental to the process of learning to read from the beginning of book making, but when did children come to be seen as a readership for whom special provision should be made? The child as the audience for books in the English language is the subject of this bibliographical study, which had its origins in an exhibition held at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York. From this beginning, Felix de Marez Oyens and Brian Alderson have compiled Be Merry and Wise and shown how certain creative talents, driven by a sense of purpose, or a wish to make some money, attempted to appeal directly to children, and how the publishing industry came to realize that this audience might prove to constitute a profitable market.In conducting their survey, which is centered upon the books themselves, mostly drawn from the holdings of the Morgan Library, the authors not only plot the chronological development of children's book publishing from almost random beginnings to the diversity of the early Victorian period, they also show how publishers adapted their trade methods to exploit this new market. Sweetness and light did not prevail everywhere, but, even in some of the most forbidding examples presented here, there was a commercial optimism that both merriment and wisdom might be happily combined, within the pages of children's literature.

Co-published with the Pierpont Morgan Library, The Bibliographical Society of America, and The British Library. Sales rights: North and South America; available elsewhere from The British Library.
Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #3519
ISBN: 0712306684

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