Children's Editions of Robinson CrusoeRobinson Crusoe came to be thought of as a book for children, and in the nineteenth century many highly abridged, heavily illustrated editions were printed. Many of these juvenile editions are from the collection of Elisabeth Ball.
Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Embellished with Four Elegant Copperplates. A New and Correct Edition. London: Printed for the Booksellers. 1816.[See larger image] Rather more substantial than many of the later juvenile adaptations, with more emphasis on the words than the pictures.
The Life of Robinson Crusoe. Edinburgh: Thomas Nelson,[before 1835?].[See larger image] This booklet has hand-colored illustrations, and the story is written in rhyming couplets.
Bysh’s Edition of the Life of Robinson Crusoe, or York, Mariner, who Lived Eight-and-Twenty Years in an Uninhabited Island. London, Printed for J. Bysh, 8, Cloth Fair, West Smithfield. [183-?][See additional images] Nearly every illustrated edition of Robinson Crusoe includes an image of the hero finding the lone footprint in the sand.
Aventures de Robinson Crusoé. Bernardin-Béchet. Editeur, Quai des Augustins, 31. Paris.[See additional images] Robinson Crusoe became popular for children’s adaptations not only in English but in French.
Robinson Crusoe: with Thirty Illustrations. Eighteenpenny Edition. London: Wm. S. Orr and Co. Amen Corner, Paternoster Row. [See additional images] Part of the Comic Nursery Tales Series. The story is put into humorous verse and includes thirty illustrations.
The History of Robinson Crusoe. London: Dean & Son, Ludgate Hill. c.1854.[See additional images] Part of the Miss Mary Merryheart Series.