Collection of children's literature by Various artists

The Peter and Iona Opie Collection of Children's Literature.

Details

Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £500,000)
Acquired in:
1989
Vendor:
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'.

Provenance

Peter and Iona Opie.

Venue details

Bodleian Library Broad Street, OXFORD Oxfordshire OX1 3BG 01865 277 627 www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Entry details

Free to all

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