A Ladies Dozen and a Gentleman: Early California Children’s Books 1853-1913


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Annual Keepsake Series

Victoria Dailey, 2009.

Books for children flowered during the 19th century, when Victorian society began to encourage the education and imagination of its youngest members.

During the Industrial Revolution and the rise of the Middle Class, children began to be more educated; their reading needs shifted from the ABCs and musty moral lessons to vivid stories, tender tales, and amusing antics. At the same time, children’s books saw the rise of women authors; women finding themselves widowed or abandoned, usually with children, turned to writing out of economic necessity. This keepsake presents the work of California children’s book authors—thirteen ladies and one man—who presented the people and places of the Golden State to young readers for the first time. It contains 13 individual, color-illustrated folded sheets, each dedicated to the work of one or two children’s book authors from California. Authors include: May Wentworth, Alice Kingsbury, Mary Austin, and Helen Hunt Jackson. Edited by Victoria Dailey.

10” x 8”. 13 folded sheets. Designed by Janine Vigus


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