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. Continue reading

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Mrs Arthur Gaskin and The Travellers

Title page from The Travellers (circa 1898)

And when we reach the ocean blue we mean to buy a boat. It must be large enough for six and guaranteed to float.

The image at the top of the blog, and our profile picture, are taken from The Travellers and Other Stories in the Devon Collection of Children’s Books at Central Library. The book was written and illustrated by Georgie Evelyn Cave Gaskin (1866-1934), whose pen name was ‘Mrs Arthur Gaskin’. Though the edition isn’t dated, it was probably published around 1898. Georgie Gaskin was most well known as a jeweller, but The Travellers is a beautiful example of her illustration work. Continue reading