The Peter and Iona Opie Collection of Children's Literature.
Collection of children's literature by Various, 17001989
© Bodleian Library
- Art Fund grant:
- £5,000 ( Total: £500,000)
- Acquired in:
- Mrs Opie
The aim was to assemble highlights, works with a story behind them such as presentation copies. The books include first texts of the classics of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, harlequinades, drawing books, paper-doll books, miniature ones and books on games. Includes over 12,000 bound volumes, 1100 chapbooks, battledores, & card covered toy books, c.4000 comics, magazines, & penny dreadfuls. Illustration shows Walter Crane's 'My pretty maid'.
Peter and Iona Opie.