An Infants Library – 31 Volumes – Compiled by David Chambers
Produced by 30 Members of the PLA Society of Private Printers from Australia, England, Holland, Italy and the United States
Published by The Cuckoo Hill Press, London in 1980
Limited Edition in Wooden Bookcase – Number 56 of 70
Limited to 70 sets with this being number 56, An Infants Library is an homage to early 19th century children's boxed libraries that was produced over a six year period by 30 members of the PLA Society of Private Printers from Australia, England, Holland, Italy and the United States. David Chambers of The Cuckoo Hill Press, London spearheaded the project and was responsible for compiling the collection which he published in 1980.
The 31 volumes are bound in decorative wrappers and are illustrated with original woodcuts, block designs, etching, artwork or reproductions from earlier sources. The books are housed within a single wooden bookcase, as issued, the sliding front panel with a pictorial paper title label by Pam G Rueter. Each volume measures 4.5” x 2.5”.
The following is the list of titles contained in the collection along with information about the volume:
1.) Animal Proverbs, Biscuit City Press, 1978: woodcuts by Fritz Eichenberg, signed by both illustrator and publisher;
2.) Het Hondengevecht, Bonnefant, 1978
3.) Das Kleine Kinder ABC Buch, Brandywine Press [their first publication], 1979, original ink drawing as frontispiece
4.) The Maiden from the 9th Heaven , Cherub Press, 1978
5.) Words on Paper, Crabgrass Press, 1978
6.) Jim's Kite, Cracked Bell Press, 1976
7.) Castellorum Arenosorum, Cuckoo Hill Press, 1980, etched frontispiece
8.) My Mysterious Father, Gogmagog Press, 1978
9.) Life on the Farm, Press of the Golden Key, 1978
10.) Tiddler to Teens, Happy Dragons Press, 1978
11.) The Making of Matilda by Laurence Housman, Invicta Press, 1979
12.) Memories of a Welsh Childhood by Lady Osborn, Keepsake Press, 1978
13.) Eatum Peatum Penny Pie, Iain Bain at the Laverock Press, [n.d.]
14.) I Spy With My Little Eye, Narbulla Agency, 1975
15.) Two Moral Tales in Verse [after Heinrich Hoffmann], Pardoe, 1979
16.) Three Little Ghostesses, Perdix Press, 1978
17.) A Printer's Insects, The Perhaps Press, 1978, with signed wood-engravings by Jeremy Lee-Potter
18.) An Apple Pie, The Plough Press, [n.d.]
19.) The Riddle , P'Nye Press, 1978
20.) Post Cards, Priapus Press, 1979
21.) The Midnight Tryst, Proverbial Press, 1978
22.) In Loco Pueri, The Pump Press, 1979
23.) Sarah the Snow Queen, Quarto Press, 1979
24.) A Bestiary for a Precocious Child, Scarlet Ibis Press, 1978
25.) Layla and Majnun, Septentrio, 1978, 3 colored linocuts
26.) Skool Rools , Susan Chambers at the Slow Camel Press, 1979
27.) A Wendy-House Rehearsal, Stilt Press, 1979
28.) London Cries, Peter Stockham, 1979
29.) Marigold's Dream , Insegna della Tarasca, 1978
30.) A Cradle Song by Thomas Dekker, Typographeum, 1978, music by Keith Kibler.
The 31st volume is a short history of children's boxed libraries by Brian Alderson.
The books and wooden box are in FINE condition with a minor rub to the area of the wooden case where the front panel slides into the box.
Composite photographs of the wooden case open and closed as well as the covers of 6 of the volumes appear in the photo section of the listing.