Baby’s Own Aesop
> By: Walter Crane
This is a retelling of “Aesop’s Fables” illustrated by the highly influential children’s book specialist Walter Crane and published in 1887. Aesop was a slave and storyteller who lived in ancient Greece, and his tales have become an indelible part of world culture.
> By: McLoughlin Bros.
Appearing in 1885, this is a short book of baseball-related illustrations for the letters of the alphabet — “B is for Ball,” “D is for Diamond,” etc. The McLoughlin brothers were both the authors and publishers of this work.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
> By: Mark Twain
This classic from 1885 is a sequel to Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” Frequently banned for its supposed immorality and condemned as racist by some, It tells the story of Huck, a boy of 13 or 14, and his adventures in the Midwest. All modern American literature comes from Huck, according to Ernest Hemingway.
> By: George Routledge and Sons
There are many variations of the Cinderella story, including interpretations in Italian, French, and German. It tells of a young girl who rises above adversity to great fortune. Many versions feature a wicked stepmother and a fairy godmother. The basic story goes back to ancient Greece and is a part of popular culture today, not least because of the 1950 Disney animated film of the story. This version was published in London and New York in 1865.
Denslow’s Humpty Dumpty
> By: W.W. Denslow
Humpty Dumpty is a well-known English nursery rhyme character. Denslow’s illustrated telling of the story was first published in 1903.