SCRIBNER ILLUSTRATED CLASSICS FOR YOUNGER READERS (CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS)
Series Note: This series, the Scribner Illustrated Classics for Younger Readers, is also variously referred to in newspaper reviews and advertisements as:
-- Scribner's Illustrated Classics for Young Readers
-- Scribner's Classics
-- Scribner Classics
-- Scribner Illustrated Classics
-- Scribner's Colored Classics
This series presented the great classics illustrated in full colour.
According to Leo Boudreau:
Book titles in the series ranged the gamut from adventure stories, to historical fiction, to westerns, and even poems. The books were very popular from the start and were reprinted regularly. Beginning in 1981 Scribners began to reprint those illustrated by N. C. Wyeth, releasing one each year for 15 years.
Many of the titles in this series were illustrated by the artist Andrew Wyeth's father, N. C. Wyeth. In the 2013 BBC documentary, Wyeth's World, Michael Palin describes N. C. Wyeth as:
larger than life... a dynamic artist, sought after for his dynamic picture book illustrations which brought history to life. His work for Scribner's Classics had generations of readers spellbound. N. C. was so successful a commercial artist that he was able to build a grand family home, construct a studio behind it and pay for the surrounding eighteen acres of land from the commission from one single work, 'Treasure Island'.
According to the Scribner finding aid in the Princeton University library, the first work in the Scribner Illustrated Classics series was N. C. Wyeth's illustrated edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, which was published on 30 September 1911.
N. C. Wyeth illustrated sixteen of the titles in the series and other titles were illustrated by other known artists including Maxfield Parrish and Howard Pyle.
The Book Art of NC Wyeth
A very detailed listing of titles is given in the Chicago Tribune (6 December 1924, p. 15), as follows:
Stevenson's DAVID BALFOUR. Illustrated by N. C. Wyeth.
Scott's QUENTIN DURWARD. Illustrated by C. Bosseron Chambers.
Barrie's PETER PAN AND WENDY. Illustrated by Mabel Lucie Attwell.
POEMS OF AMERICAN PATRIOTISM. Chosen by Beander Matthews. Illustrated by
N. C. Wyeth.
THE SCOTTISH CHIEFS by Jane Porter. Illustrated by N. C. Wyeth.
WESTWARD HO! by Charles Kingsley. Illustrated by N. C. Wyeth.
GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES. Selected and illustrated by Elemore Arbott.
PETER PAN IN KENSINGTON GARDENS by J. M. Barrie. Illustrated by
PETER AND WENDY by J. M. Barrie. Illustrated in black and white by F.
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS by J. Fenimore Cooper. Illustrated by N. C.
THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND by Jules Verne. Illustrated by N. C. Wyeth.
THE BOY'S KING ARTHUR by Sidney Lanier. Illustrated by N. C. Wyeth.
Stevenson's THE BLACK ARROW. Illustrated by N. C. Wyeth.
Stevenson's KIDNAPPED. Illustrated by N. C. Wyeth.
Stevenson's TREASURE ISLAND. Illustrated by N. C. Wyeth.
THE ARABIAN NIGHTS, selected and edited by Kate Douglas Wiggin.
Illustrated by Maxfield Parrish.
Stevenson's A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES. Illustrated by Jessie
POEMS OF CHILDHOOD by Eugene Field. Illustrated by Maxfield Parrish.
LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Illustrated by
R. B. Birch.
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame. Illustrated by Nancy
A LITTLE PRINCESS by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Illustrated by E. F.
HANS BRINKER by Mary Mapes Dodge. Illustrated by George Wharton Edwards.
THE BOY EMIGRANTS by Noah Brooks. Illustrated by H. J. Dunn.
EVERYCHILD by Louis Dodge. Illustrated by Blanche Fisher Laite.
THE SANDMAN'S FOREST by Louis Dodge. Illustrated by Paul Bransom.
THE SANDMAN'S MOUNTAIN by Louis Dodge. Illustrated by Paul Bransom.
HOW IT CAME ABOUT STORIES by F. B. Linderman. Illustrated by C. M. Boog.
INDIAN OLD-MAN STORIES by F. B. Linderman. Illustrated by C. M. Russell.
INDIAN WHY STORIES by F. B. Linderman. Illustrated by C. M. Russell.
Further Titles in this Series
Children of Dickens by Samuel M. Crothers.
Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 5 Decmeber 1927, p. 7.
Drums by James Boyd. Illustrated by N. C. Wyeth.
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, 13 October 1928, p. 21.
The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper
Source: The Berkshire Eagle, 17 November 1928, p. 7.
Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat
The Last Days of Pompeii by Bulwer Lytton
The Story of Siegfried by James Baldwin. Illustrations by Peter Hurd.
Source: Lansing State Journal, 13 September 1931, p. 10.
The Story of Roland
Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer, 11 November 1933, p. 7
The Arabian Nights
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