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The Collections: Guide to the Collections: Children's Literature

Children's literature was a special interest throughout J. K. Lilly's collecting career, and he sought out the masterpieces of juvenile literature as avidly as those of adult literature. Today, the Lilly Library holds nearly 10,000 children's books, most of them from the Elisabeth Ball collection which came to the Library in 1983. The emphasis of the collection is on English language books of the 18th and 19th centuries, but also includes a large number of 20th century books and representative works in French and German. There are hornbooks, mechanical books, thumb Bibles, miniature libraries, Newberry and Marshall imprints, and original art by children's book illustrators, including Kate Greenaway, Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott, and Ernest Shepard.

Some of the treasures of the Elisabeth Ball collection are:

Some of the treasures of the J. K. Lilly collection:

Children's Books Published by William Darton and His Sons

Other treasures include:

Related exhibition catalogues include:

To purchase exhibition catalogues, see information on the Lilly Library's Publications. To search the Library's catalog and other finding aids, see the Collections page.

Top: "A Sunflower", "A Target": detail from Children's Pictures To Amuse And Instruct [London, ca. 1825].

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