Collection of Children’s Historical Books at Taunton Library

Illustration by E. V. B. from from The Story Without an End

The exhibition at Exeter Central Library will also feature books on loan from Taunton Library, which houses the collection of Children’s Historical Books belonging to Somerset Libraries. The collection consists of about 1,800 works for children published between 1790 and 1910. It covers diverse subjects in a range of formats and includes nursery stories, fairy tales, poetry, verses, rhymes, songs, biography, religion, history, travel, geography, natural sciences, games, pastimes, alphabets, dictionaries and toy books.

Members of the public wishing to view items from the collection can do so by contacting Taunton Library and giving a week’s notice.

On display at Exeter Central Library for the duration of the exhibition you can see The Story Without an End, with beautiful illustrations by Eleanor Vere Boyle, Mother Goose by Kate Greenaway, A Children’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Girl’s Own Outdoor Book, Little Folks: A Magazine for the Young and Little Lucy’s Wonderful Globe by Charlotte M. Yonge.

Many thanks to Somerset Libraries for contributing to Girls and Boys in Storyland and allowing some of the items from their exciting collection to go on display!


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