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100 Nineteenth-Century Rhyming Alphabets in English

by Ruth Marie Baldwin

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The author collects chapbooks. "Since in the early years books seemed scarce and money more so, I collected anything available to me that was a children's book in English before 1900, and I learned to prefer an inscribed copy definitely read and used by children." She now has ~35,000, and has reproduced 100 of them in this volume.

I share her awe at the endless quantity and variety of children's books which one century produced. This selection is of nineteenth century alphabets, rhyming and otherwise.

"V Virgin Mary.
The Virgin in a manger low,
Gave birth to Christ the King.
'Peace on earth, good will to men'
The angels loud did sing." [177]
  keylawk | Sep 14, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0809305097, Hardcover)

The library of Ruth M. Baldwin contains, at the present time, about 35,000 titles and editions of children’s books in English, all before 1900 and mostly from the nineteenth century. Though a small part of the out­pouring of children’s books in English in the nineteenth century—estimated to be as much as a quarter of a million volumes—her library is probably unique in its equal representation of American and English children’s books. How many of the books published were rhyming alphabets is difficult to say. These hundred books presented here, certainly a small part of the whole, bear publication dates around the early part of the second half of the century, and represent the whole century well, for true children’s book publishing did not precede this by much.


Children and readers in general as well as students of children’s literature should find this book of books interesting. The alphabets repro­duced here are included in their entirety, many of them in color, and are grouped thematically under such topics as nature, animals, and farm life.

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