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Dent's Children's Illustrated Classics
(Publisher: UK: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd; (US) E. P. Dutton & Co. Inc.
Country: UK. Date: Early 1960s.)





The Book of Verse for Children

Edited by Roger Lancelyn Green. Illustrated in colour by Mary Shillabeer.

Published by J. M. Dent, 1973 (Dent's Children's Illustrated Classics series).



DENT'S CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED CLASSICS (DENT)
Series Note:
This series was illustrated by such famous artists as: Eric Fraser, S. van Abbé, Charles Folkard, Leo Bates, E. H. Shepard, C. Walter Hodges, Hans Baumbauer, Vincent O. Cohen, Lucy Kemp-Walsh, Joan Kiddell-Monroe, Harry Toothill, Lionel Edwards, Arthur Rackham and A. H. Watson.

The Times Literary Supplement praised the Dent's Children's Illustrated Classics as follows: "A series which, in its range and class, is still without rivals."

Among book collectors the series is admired for its high production values and collectability. Many of the volumes are viewed as essential acquisitions for serious collections of children's books.

Alphabetically by title

The following volumes in 8 in. by 5 5/8 in. are available

Robert Louis Stevenson's THE BLACK ARROW. Illustrated by LIONEL EDWARDS. The period is the England of the Wars of the Roses.

Anna Sewell's BLACK BEAUTY. Illustrated by LUCY KEMP-WELCH.
Black Beauty was published in 1877, and Anna Sewell lived just long enough to know of its success, and less than a year later died. It was her only book.

Mrs Ewing's THE BROWNIES AND OTHER STORIES. Illustrated by B. H.
SHEPARD.
The author wrote the famous story of The Brownies in the middle of the last century, when she was only twenty-three.

Robert Louis Stevenson's A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES. Illustrated by MARY SHILLABEER.
This collection contains a number of poems not found in other editions.

R. M. Ballantyne's THE CORAL ISLAND. Illustrated by LEO BATES.
Ballantyne's most famous boys' book is illustrated with such realism that the most fascinating of islands in boys' fiction is more vivid than ever.

Mrs Molesworth's THE CUCKOO CLOCK. Illustrated by s. H. SHEPARD.
Shepard's exquisite and delicate drawings are a skilled accompaniment to the text.
FAIRY TALES FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS. Illustrated by KIDDELL-
MONROE.
Here are the favourite tales—the fairy tales—out of the many told in the 'Thousand and One Nights'.

FAIRY TALES OF LONG AGO. Edited by M. c. CAREY. Illustrated by D. J.
WATKINS-PITCHFORD.
This varied collection takes in translations from Charles Perrault, Madame de Beaumont, the Countess d'Aulnoy of France, Asbjornsen and Moe, J. O. Halliwell, etc.

Louisa M. Alcott's GOOD WIVES. Illustrated by s. VAN ABBE, R.B.A., A.R.E.
This sequel to Little Women is illustrated by S. van Abbe and the drawings show the March family recognizably older but just as endearing as ever.

GRIMMS' FAIRY TALES. Illustrated by CHARLES FOLKARD.
This excellent selection from the complete Tales carries decorative chapter heads.

Jonathan Swift's GULLIVER'S TRAVELS. Illustrated by ARTHUR RACKHAM. Gulliver's Travels is one of the great satires in the English language.

HANS ANDERSEN FAIRY TALES. Illustrated by HANS BAUMHAUER.
Not only is this a new English rendering, but it represents a different selection from the sum total of Andersen's works from that previously published in this series, including some new and outstanding tales.

Mary Mapes Dodge's HANS BRINKER. Illustrated by HANS BAUMHAUER. This story is the best known and best loved work of the author.

Johanna Spyri's HEIDI. Illustrated by VINCENT O. COHEN.
This is the famous story of a Swiss child and her life among the Alps.

Mark Twain's TOM SAWYER
HUCKLEBERRY FINN

These two Twain classics are superbly illustrated by c WALTER HODGES.

Louisa M. Alcott's JO'S BOYS. Illustrated by HARRY TOOTHILL. 'There is an abiding charm about the story.' Scotsman.

Robert Louis Stevenson's KIDNAPPED. Illustrated by G. OAKLEY. A great adventure story and companion piece to Treasure Island.

Louisa M. Alcott's LITTLE WOMEN. Illustrated by s. VAN ABBE.
S. van Abbe's drawings capture the vivacity and charm of the March family.

John Bunyan's THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS. Illustrated by FRANK C. PAPE. The volume contains the first and second parts of the famous 'progress'.

Carlo Collodi's PINOCCHIO. The Story of a Puppet. Illustrated by CHARLES FOLKARD.
The most famous story of a puppet ever written.

Andrew Lang's PRINCE PRIGIO and PRINCE RICARDO. Illustrated by D. J. WATKINS-PITCHFORD.
Two modern fairy-tales, rich in romantic adventures.

George MacDonald's THE PRINCESS AND CURDIE
THE PRINCESS AND THE GOBLIN
Two volumes illustrated by CHARLES FOLKARD.
George MacDonald, born in Aberdeen in 1824, became Professor of Literature at Bedford College, London, and of his many successful children's books (he was a born writer for the young) The Princess and the Goblin and The Princess and Curdie should be more widely known, for they are two of his best.

Carola Oman's ROBIN HOOD. Illustrated by s. VAN ABBE.
Carola Oman, writer of historical romances and biographies, seeks to give some substance to the legendary figure of the 'Prince of Outlaws'.

Daniel Defoe's ROBINSON CRUSOE. Illustrated by j. AYTON-SYMINGTON.
An illustrated version which matches Defoe's sense of a strange but true ad-venture.

W. M. Thackeray's THE ROSE AND THE RING and Charles Dickens's THE MAGIC FISH-BONE.
Two children's stories, the first containing the author's illustrations, the latter containing Paul Hogarth's work.

J. R. Wyss's THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. Illustrated by CHARLES FOLKARD. This is a new version of the popular classic by Audrey Clark, and is relieved of the moralizing ponderousness that characterizes most English versions.

Nathaniel Hawthorne's TANGLEWOOD TALES. Illustrated by s. VAN ABBE. This is a sequel to the famous Wonder Book.

Thomas Hughes's TOM BROWN'S SCHOOLDAYS. Illustrated by s. VAN ABBE. 'The best story of a boy's schooldays ever written.' Tom Brown's adventures are largely, it is thought, autobiographical.

Robert Louis Stevenson's TREASURE ISLAND. Illustrated by s. VAN ABBE. Probably no other illustrator of this famous tale has portrayed so vividly the characters in a book that lives so long in a boy's imagination.

Charles Kingsley's THE WATER-BABIES. Illustrated by ROSALIE K. FRY.
The artist's drawings delicately interpret the fantastic beauty of the underwater world. '

Nathaniel Hawthorne's A WONDER BOOK. Illustrated by s. VAN ABBE.
Hawthorne's famous Wonder Book recalls the immortal fables of antiquity.

Selma Lagerlof's THE WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF NILS. Illustrated by HANS BAUMHAUER.
Translated into most languages of the world, this Swedish tale of the boy who rode on the back of a young gander and flew northwards to find surprising adventures is a great favourite. (Not available in the U.S.A. in this edition.)

The following volumes in Demy 8vo are available

AESOP'S FABLES. Illustrated by KIDDELL-MONROE. A definitive translation by John Warrington.

Andrew Lang's ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS. Illustrated by KIDDELL-MONROE. The wanderings of the great Greek hero on his way home to Ithaca.

Lewis Carroll's ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS. Illustrated by JOHN TENNIEL.
Here is the complete story of Alice in both topsyturvy regions, illustrated throughout with the original engravings by John Tenniel: eight of these having been redrawn in colour by Diana Stanley.

George MacDonald's AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND. Illustrated by E. H. SHEPARD.
This is the lovable and much loved story of Diamond.

THE BOOK OF NONSENSE. Edited by ROGER LANCELYN GREEN. Illustrated by CHARLES FOLKARD in colour, and with original drawings by TENNIEL, LEAR, FURNISS, HOLIDAY, HUGHES, SHEPARD and others. Famous examples of 'nonsense' from ancient to modern times.

THE BOOK OF VERSE FOR CHILDREN. Collected by ROGER LANCELYN GREEN. Illustrated with two-colour drawings in the text by MARY SHILLABEER. (Not available in the U.S.A. in this edition.)

Captain Marryat's THE CHILDREN OF THE NEW FOREST. Illustrated by
LIONEL EDWARDS.
This story of adventure in a wild and romantic corner of England at a stirring and troubled time is full of the typical Marryat action and atmosphere.

Cervantes' DON QUIXOTE. Illustrated by w. HEATH ROBINSON.
W. Heath Robinson, remembered for his humorous work, had another side to his genius, all too rarely seen—book illustration of an outstanding graphic quality.

Selma Lagerloi's THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF NILS. Illustrated by HANS BAUMHAUER.
Nils's adventures continue with his flight over lake, hill, ice, snow, forest and moor of Sweden. The artist ably interprets the visual contrasts of the journey. (Not available in the U.S.A. in this edition.)

A. M. Hadfield's KING ARTHUR AND THE ROUND TABLE. Illustrated by DONALD SETON CAMMELL.
The haunting world of the Round Table becomes a reality.

Frances Hodgson Burnett's LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY
'The best version of the Cinderella story in a modern idiom that exists.'
- MARGHANITA LASKI.

Louisa M. Alcott's LITTLE MEN. Illustrated by HARRY TOOTHILL.
Harry Toothill's drawings capture the liveliness of a young gentlemen's academy.

R. D. Blackmore's LORNA DOONE. Illustrated by LIONEL EDWARDS.
With a sensitive appreciation of the Exmoor scene Lionel Edwards has captured the spirit of this evergreen romance.

MODERN FAIRY STORIES. Edited by ROGER LANCELYN GREEN. Illustrated by E. H. SHEPARD.
Original (not 'retold') fairy stories by thirteen authors of modern times.

NURSERY RHYMES. Collected and illustrated in two-colour line by A. H. WATSON. A comprehensive book of nursery rhymes.

Anthony Hope's THE PRISONER OF ZENDA. Illustrated by MICHAEL GODFREY The great Ruritanian romance.

John Hampden's SIR WILLIAM AND THE WOLF, etc. Illustrated by ERIC FRASER.
'Assuredly another treasure chest.' Scotsman.

H. W. Longiellow's SONG OF HIAWATHA. Illustrated by KIDDELL-MONROE. The romantic beauty of the legends imaginatively depicted.

Charles and Mary Lamb's TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE. Illustrated by ARTHUR RACKHAM.
As an illustrator of Shakespeare, Arthur Rackham remains practically un-challenged.

TALES OF MAKE-BELIEVE. Edited by ROGER LANCELYN GREEN. Illustrated by HARRY TOOTHILL.
Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, E. Nesbit, etc.

Further volumes in preparation

SOURCE: The Adventures of Odysseus by Andrew Lang (Dent's Children's Illustrated Classics), London, E. M. Dent & Sons, 1962, pp. 181-184.


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