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Books about Randolph Caldecott
Randolph Caldecott: his Early Art Career
by Henry Blackburn
First published by Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, of Crown Buildings,
188 Fleet Street, London, Sept 1886.
Henry Blackburn was a personal friend of Randolph's, and their travels
together had resulted in two travel books.
This biography, which the author describes as an "affectionate
remembrance", was produced within 6 months of Randolph's untimely
death. It covers his life and work until 1880, with only a fleeting
mention of a few works beyond that date. Did the author intend to
write a sequel, or did he feel that Randolph's best work was done in those
Hard covers, 216 pages, 172 illustrations.
The picture here shows a First Edition. For info about other
editions, click here.
Yours Pictorially: Illustrated letters of Randolph Caldecott
Edited by Michael Hutchins (published by Frederick Warne & Co Ltd.,
ISBN 0-7232-1981 8 Hard covers, 284 + x pages.
Randolph was a prolific sketcher, and his letters were liberally
sprinkled with sketches. This fascinating book reproduces
correspondence with numerous friends, relatives and business associates, and
includes many of the sketches which accompanied them.
'Lord of the Nursery'
by Rodney K Engen (published by Oresko Books Ltd., 1976; reprinted by
Bloomsbury Books, London, 1988).
ISBN 1-870630-45-9 A4 approx,
hard covers, 104 pages.
Full of examples of his work. Includes a very helpful and full
Bibliography - although one of the first books he illustrated,
"Granny's Story Box" (1873) is not listed.
The picture of
the cover, shown here, is a detail from Randolph Caldecott's oil painting
"John Gilpin's Ride". This is now in the Whitworth
Art Gallery, Manchester. It style is quite different from the
pictures used in his Picture Book.
||Sing a Song for Sixpence: the English
picture book tradition and Randolph Caldecott
by Dr. Brian Alderson (b. 1930). Published by Cambridge University
Press, 1986. 112 pages, over 130 illustrations, h.
284 mm x w. 237 mm.
ISBNs 0-521-33179-X Hardback & 0-521-33760-7
Published to accompany an exhibition held at the British Library from
October 1986 to January 1987.
** Special offer to R C Soc UK members
(March 2004): we have a few copies of this excellent and
informative book (hardback edition) available for GB£14 (inc
P&P within UK). To order, send your name, address and cheque
George Fowler, 8 Stone Rings Lane, Harrogate, N Yorks., HG2 9HZ.
||The Randolph Caldecott Treasury
by Elizabeth Billington (published by Frederick Warne & Co Ltd, New
York & London, 1978).
ISBN 0-7232-6139-3 9 x 10.5 inches (landscape format), hard covers,
Useful text, and lots of pictures, including some complete works by
Randolph (words as well as his pictures). Regrettably the colour
in some photos is poor - and the picture of Randolph's London home is
both a negative image and reversed!
The Children's Illustrator
by Marguerite Lewis (published by Alleyside Press, 1992)
ISBN 0-913853-22-4 Order no. P83-32533 Price US$10.95
"Young readers will enjoy learning about Randolph Caldecott and the
award that honors his name. This was written especially for children in
grades 2-7, and it is illustrated in full color with Caldecott's own
Our reviewer enjoyed this book and appreciated the examples of Randolph's
pictures which are included. There are some minor spelling
inaccuracies of English place names, and readers would think that Randolph
had only one brother and few sisters, whereas his father re-married and
there were 13 siblings in all! Note that the front cover (shown
here) is not by Randolph.
In 2001, it was obtainable from Highsmith
Press (but may not now be in print): www.hpress.highsmith.com
Ride-a-Cock-Horse and other stories
Text by Oliver Goldsmith and others
Published by Random House UK Ltd in their series
"Everyman's Library: Children's Classics"
ISBN 1-85715-934-9 (256 pages) Was GB£9.99
Now out of print, although it was briefly available again (Feb
2005), but already sold out, from www.psbooks.co.uk for GB£4.99 +
£1.80 P&P within UK.
||Randolph Caldecott: An Illustrated
by Claudette Hegel
Published Sept 2004 by Avisson Press, Inc., P O Box 38816, Greensboro,
North Carolina, U S A.
ISBN 1-888105-68-2 (paperback,
210 x 136 mm, 177 pages, 32 illuss., all b/w.)
||A History of Children's Book Illustration, 1800-1985
by Joyce Irene Whalley & Tessa Rose Chester
Publ. by John Murray and Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1988.
This is interesting and very informative: recommended as a reference work
on the subject.
The Random House Children's Treasury : Fairy Tales, Nursery Rhymes & Nonsense Verse|
by Alice Mills
Publ. by Gramercy (part of Random House, USA), March 2003 (ISBN
0-51716-114-1). Price US$19.99.
This contains a huge compilation (almost 450 pages) of children's stories with
pictures by many leading Victorian illustrators. We have not yet seen a
copy, but seven of Caldecott's tales seem to be included - with how many of
his pictures? And are the illustrations facsimiles of the originals, or
modern artists' copies? (If you have seen the book and can tell us,
please email us - see bottom of page.)
|Children's Books in England, by F. J. Harvey Darton.|
Recommended by Frederick Laws in his essay on Randolph Caldecott, publ. in The
Saturday Book for 1956.
|English Coloured Books, by Martin Hardie|
1st publ. 1906; new edition with intro by James Laver (V&A Museum), publ
1990 by Fitzhouse Books, GB£ 40.
Refs to Randolph Caldecott on pp. 179-180, 220, 270-272,
|The Nursery Rhyme: a Remnant of Political Protest|
At one time in Britain, it was so dangerous to be found with some Nursery
Rhymes that imprisonment for sedition or even treason was a distinct
|The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book, ed. Iona & Peter Opie|
Oxford University Press, 1955, 238 pp. (ISBN
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||Children's Literature: an illustrated history
Edited by Peter Hunt
This is a collection of learned essays, which in this reviewer's opinion
lack cohesion and require (or assume) that the reader already knows a lot
about the subject. There is very little about the actual
illustrators of the books. Not worth its high price of GB£22.50.