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  • 2013-04-23Digital Exhibition “Children’s Books in the Victorian Era: from the Winnington-Ingram Collection” now available

On April 23 (Children's Reading Day), the International Library of Children’s Literature (ILCL) released the Digital Exhibition “Children’s Books in the Victorian Era: from the Winnington-Ingram Collection”.

The ILCL, a library specializing in children’s books, collects and preserves children's books published in Japan, as well as a wide range of works from abroad, including ones now regarded as classics. One of the ILCL's special collections is the Winnington-Ingram Collection of Children's Books comprising works of children's literature of Great Britain from the 18th to 20th centuries.

Drawing on this Collection, this exhibition presents books representative of the 19th century, at the dawn of modern children's literature, to explore the origins of contemporary children's books.

We have taken special care to enable visitors to enjoy the contents of as many books as possible. Some of the exhibits are fully digitalized and viewable on “the NDL Digitized Contents”, and additional information is provided on books that can be consulted cover-to-cover in the International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) or the Internet Archive.

Enjoy the imaginative universe of children's books of the Victorian era, at the dawn of children's literature!

From the exhibits

Little Lord Fauntleroy

  Little Lord Fauntleroy /
  by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  [1904]

Histories or tales of past times told by Mother Goose with morals

  Histories or tales of past times told by Mother Goose with morals /
  written in French by M. Perrault, & Englished by G.M. Gent ; newly edited by J. Saxon Childers
  [1925]

Alice's adventures in Wonderland

  Alice's adventures in Wonderland /
  by Lewis Carroll ; with forty-two illustrations by John Tenniel
  [1886]

The settlers at home

  The settlers at home /
  by Harriet Martineau
  [1883]

The Marquis of Carabas' picture book : containing Puss in boots, Old mother Hubbard, Valentine and Orson, The absurd ABC

  The Marquis of Carabas' picture book : containing Puss in boots, Old mother Hubbard, Valentine and Orson, The absurd ABC /
  with thirty-two pages of illustrations by Walter Crane ; printed in colours by Edmund Evans
  [1873]

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