The illustrations in children's books exert huge influence over the young reader, and famous illustrators such as Tenniel, Beatrix Potter, Kate Greenaway, E H Shepard need only to be mentioned in order to raise in the mind's eye one or other of their famous characters. However, until this book was published, nobody had ever attempted to compile a comprehensive history of illustration in children's books. Here we have a complete, authoritative, lavishly illustrated resource for artists and readers alike, tracing the development of this art from its earliest beginnings to the late 20th century.
Joyce Irene Whalley was responsible for many years for manuscripts and rare books at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. She published a number of books on calligraphy and related subjects, often with other authors.
Tessa Rose Chester joined the V&A in order to catalogue the Renier Collection of Children's Books at Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, and in 1984 was appointed Curator of that collection.
Our book is in very nice condition, with an unclipped dust jacket showing almost no signs of wear or use apart from minimal creasing and softening at the top of the spine, and one small tear at the top of the rear fold. The book itself, bound in blue cloth with gilt title etc on the spine, is in almost 'as new' condition externally. Inside, the binding is firm with no loose pages; all pages clean and bright; no foxing. Very slight tanning of endpapers beyond jacket flaps.