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BE MERRY AND WISE: ORIGINS OF CHILDREN'S BOOK PUBLISHING IN ENGLAND, 1650-1850. Brian Alderson,...
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BE MERRY AND WISE: ORIGINS OF CHILDREN'S BOOK PUBLISHING IN ENGLAND, 1650-1850.

New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press & The British Library, 2006. 9 x 12 inches. hardcover, dust jacket. 320 pages. 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..... READ MORE

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Preface........................................ix
Introduction...................................xi
Acknowledgements...............................xv

I.    Vestibulum: Theory and Practice...........1
II.   The Salvation of Souls...................18
III.  Enter Tom Thumb..........................27
IV.   Serious Business.........................40
V.    The House that Newbery Built.............51
VI.   Rivals and Imitators, London.............62
VII.  Frances Laetitia Earle: Her Books........83
VIII. Rivals and Imitators, the Provinces......95
IX.   Begged, Borrowed, or Stolen.............107
X.    "The Dawn of Levity"....................118
XI.   The Innovators..........................135
XII.  Epigones................................168
XIII. "Chapbooks" for Children................200
XIV.  Tracts and Transition...................217
XV.   The Road to Paflagonia..................228
XVI.  The Rose and the Ring...................248

Introduction to Chapters XVII - XX............257
XVII. Marketing...............................259
XVIII.Bindings................................267
XIX.  Special Markets.........................277
XX.   Marks of Possession.....................289

References....................................299
Index of Names................................305
Index of Titles...............................307
Index of Printers & Publishers................311
Index of Subjects.............................314
Chronological Index...........................316