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  • On My Bookshelf...The Patchwork Cat

    A lot of my books are classics, but it’s great to share one that isn’t so well known. This one combines CATS with TEXTILES! WIN. As usual this is/was a fave bedtime story, from 1981. It tells the story of a cat called Tabby. The illustrations are GORGEOUS. Soft and delicate yet incredibly detailed. This person loves cats for sure. And Tabby kind of looks like my Bengals Tulu/Mi-Go. In it we learn how Tabby loves her life and LOVES her patchwork quilt. And loves the Milkman (hope that’s special Cat milk he’s giving her). The mum in the story...

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  • On My Bookshelf...Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    If you follow this blog regularly you might have been thinking ‘when will she do Alice?’ My edition is a facsimile of one printed by The Bodley Head in 1907, illustrated by WH Walker. Not a very well known illustrator, and not the ‘famous’ Alice illustrator, John Tenniel. Charming nonetheless. I like the wood engravings best. ALICE FOUND HERSELF FALLING DOWN WHAT SEEMED TO BE A VERY DEEP WELL “COME BACK!” SIR CATERPILLAR CALLED AFTER HER. “I HAVE SOMETHING IMPORTANT TO SAY!” I think the most interesting thing I can say about Alice book illustrators is how many there have...

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  • On My Bookshelf...Enid Blyton

    My Enid Blyton books were some of my bedtime stories, and the first books I had when I was learning to read as a kid. Looking at them now there’s obviously a theme because I enjoyed all the ones with a naughtly little girl at the centre the most. Before I go on, dear reader, I feel like I ought to insert some sort of disclaimer; When I got these books off the shelf it was the first time in maybe 20 or more years I’d properly looked at them, and seeing the illustrations and skimming through the pictures as...

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  • On My Bookshelf...Lucie Attwell's Goodnight Stories

    Get ready for a toothache – it’s Mabel Lucie Attwell. It’s a lovely side effect that, until I started blogging this series of posts I never really realised what a lovely collection of works I have, of some of the great classic children’s book illustrators. When I picked this week’s book and started to look through it I realised I probably haven’t done that for maybe 20 years or more, and following on from last week’s post, it’s a rare and precious thing to rediscover lost childhood memories through the pages of a beloved book. That said, this isn’t the...

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  • On My Bookshelf...Mrs Babcarys Diving Machine

    I am being a lazy blogger. Not a lazy PERSON though, but a very busy one. But a lazy blogger because, forgive me, I am recycling this post from September 2011, because a) it’s a book, so relevent, b) because I am too knackered to write something new today, soz, and b) because it is LOVELY and only 16 people ave viewed it. Enjoy! Sometimes you get a little glimpse back into your childhood and rediscover something that makes you understand your grown-up self a bit more. This made me very happy. I used to LOVE this book, and this...

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  • On My Bookshelf...Little Draculas Christmas

    And now for something completely different… I hope you have been enjoyin gmy Tuesday dose of visual books that I love and am inspired by. I have so far mainly shared my Folio Society editions of classic children’s fiction. Well, time for a switcheroo I thought. Now I know it’s not Christmas, and it’s not Halloween. But, in my heart, it always is a little bit. And when I was browsing my bookshelf for this week’s edition I saw this thin little book, 16 years old, hiding at the end, and thought ‘Why not?!’ One of the nicest things I...

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  • On My Bookshelf...The Arabian Nights

    The Arabian Nights, with illustrations by Detmold. This Folio edition was first published in 1924. Click the images to see enlargements. “My father hurriedly mounted his horse, and spurred it toward that of the negro, who…dashed forward brandishing his scimitar” “The Rukh, which fed its young on elephants” Edward Julius Detmold was born in 1883 in London, with a twin, Charles Maurice. They were both prolific Victorian illustrators and precociously talented – their watercolours being exhibited in the Royal Academy at 13. Their familial interests in both natural history and Japanese woodprints nurtured their talents and both these and Art...

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  • On My Bookshelf...Hans Andersens Fairy Tales

    Sorry I missed last week’s ‘Bookshelf’ – I was busy frolicking in the hills! This week it’s another of my treasured Folio editions, that classic Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales, as illustrated by William Heath Robinson. Click images to enlarge! This is the 1918 version of the tales written between 1835 and 1872. It was this book that first introduced me to William Heath Robinson’s illustrative work and the main reason I like this book. Robinson was born in 1872 to an artist family, including 2 brothers who were also illustrators. He’s actually most famous for his humourous cartoons, particularly of...

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  • On My Bookshelf...The Lions Cavalcade

    Hurrah it arrived! Lord of the Jungle Every bit as lovely as the other two. The story is not quite along the same formula as the previous editions (bugs have a rave up, birds get jealous, have their own rave up) though I won’t split hairs. This time we have a grumpy lion but one who won’t lower himself to imitate such riff raff. Leonis, King of the Jungle, was feeling low and jaded. All the radiant colours of his inner rainbow faded. Calculus, Lord Chamberlain Instead he decrees there shall be a Cavalcade. I’m not sure why that’s different....

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  • On My Bookshelf...East of The Sun and West of The Moon

    First off, let me start by saying it’s hard for me to put into words how much I love this book, and Kay Nielsen’s work. I have aways had a big fascination for all the great polytheistic mythological traditions, but Norse mythology has, for me, a particular strange and other-worldliness. The fact that this particular volume of Old Tales from the North is illustrated by Nielsen makes it especially precious to me. To that end, even though I have taken photographs of my favorite 8 plates from the book, I have found MUCH better images of some of them online,...

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