- Pinner: Private Library Association, 1981.
- 6 x 9.75 inches
- 160 pages
- ISBN: 0900002042
Price: $10.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 13701
First edition. Uneven fading to covers and fore-edge, else near fine. Little information regarding the firm of James Lumsden and Son has survived. It seems they first became interested in publishing books for children around the end of the eighteenth century. Although the firm attracted little notice in their own age, their juvenile books have now become collector's pieces.
Lumsden books show a distinctive quality: it is not easy to define and does not hold in all cases, but these books are easily recognizable to the experienced eye. It is a certain trimness (primness one might almost call it) in the covers, the quality of the paper used, the excellent typeface and the occasional use of colored inks. This important reference book contains 172 lengthy bibliographical descriptions of these fascinating books. There is also an historical introduction which describes the type of books published by this intriguing firm.
Available in North and South America; other areas from the Private Library Association.