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Juvenile Collection

Children's books dating from the early eighteenth century to the present, (approximately 15,000 items).

As a result of the federal copyright regulations, the Library of Congress assembled an immense collection of American children's books. From these holdings the Rare Book and Special Collection Division has brought together on its shelves approximately 15,000 volumes of particular interest. V. Valta Parma, first curator of rare books (1927-1939) can be credited with pulling together this collection from selections in the general collections. Though the overwhelming majority of books in the collection originated in America, there are distinguished British and continental books and American editions of works of Foreign authors as well.

See the alphabetical and chronological card files for materials cataloged through 1973 and supplementary card files for materials cataloged between 1974 and 1982 available in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division. Item-level records will be found in the LC online database for materials in this colletion cataloged after 1982. Chiefly in English. Includes works in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. Forms part of Juvenile Collection (Library of Congress). See for details.

Digitized Materials From the Juvenile Collection

Adventures of Miss Minette and Master Jocko. Adventures of Miss Minette and Master Jocko. New-York : Huestis & Cozans, 1850.
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Aesop, Junior, in America : being a series of fables written especially for the people of the United States of North America. Aesop, Junior, in America: being a series of fables written especially for the people of the United States of North America. New-York : Printed for the author by Mahlon Day, 1834.
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American Spelling Book. Webster, Noah, 1758-1843. American Spelling Book. [Boston] : Printed at Boston by Isaiah Thomas and Ebenezer T. Andrews, 1790.
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Arabian Nights

The Arabian nights: Their Best-Known Tales / Edited By Kate Douglas Wiggin and Nora A. Smith ; illustrated By Maxfield Parrish. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1909.
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Ballad of the Lost Hare

Sidney, Margaret [pseud.]. Ballad of the Lost Hare Boston: D. Lothrop, c1882.
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Baseball A B C Baseball A B C. New York: McLoughlin Bros., c1885.
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Beauties of the New England. Beauties of the New England. New York : Published by Samuel Wood & Sons, 1818.
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Beauty and the Beast. Smith, Albert, 1816-1860. Beauty and the Beast. New York : Burgess, Stringer & Co., 1845.
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Boston Cries, and the Story of the Little Match-Boy. Boston Cries, and the Story of the Little Match-Boy. New-York : Published by J.C. Riker, 1844.
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The Book of the Cat

Bonsall, Elisabeth F. The Book of the Cat: With Facsimiles of Drawings In Colour With Stories and Verses Written for the Pictures By Mabel Humphrey. New York: Fredrick A. Stokes Co., 1903.
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The Book of Trades

The Book of Trades. Philadelphia: Edward W. Miller, 1847.
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Brandy Drops. Colman, Julia, 1828-1909. Brandy Drops. New-York : Published by Carlton & Porter, Sunday-School Union, 200 Mulberry-Street, 1858.
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The Butterfly's ball, and the grasshopper's feast. The Butterfly's ball, and the grasshopper's feast. Baltimore : Printed and published by Wm. Raine, 184-.
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Cat's Party. Cat's Party. New York : McLoughlin Bros., 1871.
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The Cheerful Cricket

Marks, Jeannette . The Cheerful Cricket and Others J; Illustrated By Edith Brown. Boston: Small, Maynard & Co., 1907.
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Children of Our Town

Children of Our Town / Pictured By E. Mars and M. H. Squire; With Verses By Carolyn Wells. New York : R.H. Russell, [c1902].
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The Children's Object Book

The Children's Object Book. London; New York: F. Warne & Co., [188-?].
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The Circus Procession

The Circus Procession. N.Y. [i.e. New York]: McLoughlin Bro's., c1888.
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The Complete Collection of Pictures and Songs

The Complete Collection of Pictures & Songs / By Randolph Caldecott; Engraved and Printed By Edmund Evans; With a Preface By Austin Dobson.
London; New York: G. Routledge and Sons, 1887.
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Contes des fe´es. English & French  (Tales of Passed Times). Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703. Contes des fées. English & French (Tales of Passed Times). London : Imprime´ pour S. Van den Berg, 1764.
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Countries of Europe, and the Manners and Customs of its Various Nations. Hale, Sarah Josepha Buell, 1788-1879. Countries of Europe, and the Manners and Customs of its Various Nations. New York : Published by Edward Dunigan, 1843.
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Daisy, or, Cautionary Tales in Verse. Turner, Mrs. (Elizabeth), -1846. Daisy, or, Cautionary Tales in Verse. Philadelphia : Henry F. Anners, 1839.
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The Death and Burial of Poor Cock Robin

Death and Burial of Poor Cock Robin / From Original Designs By H.L. Stephens. New-York: Hurd & Houghton, 1865.
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Denslow's Three Bears

Denslow's Three Bears /Adapted and Illustrated By W.W. Denslow. New York: G.W. Dillingham Co., 1903.
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Denslow's Humpty Dumpty

Denslow's Humpty Dumpty / Adapted and Illustrated by W.W. Denslow.
New York: G.W. Dillingham Co., 1903.
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Diddie Dumps and Tot. Pyrnelle, Louise Clarke. Diddie Dumps and Tot. New York : Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, 1882.
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Easy and instructive lessons for children. Also, The ladder to learning, or, A selection of fables consisting of words of only one syllable : being an easy introduction to the useful art of reading. Easy and instructive lessons for children. Also, The ladder to learning, or, A selection of fables consisting of words of only one syllable : being an easy introduction to the useful art of reading. Boston : Printed by Manning & Loring for Ezekiel Goodale, bookseller, Hallowell, 1804.
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Elsie Dinsmore. Finley, Martha, 1828-1909. Elsie Dinsmore. New York : M.W. Dodd, 1867.
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Entertaining History of Giles Gingerbread, A Little Boy Who Lived Upon Learning. Entertaining History of Giles Gingerbread, A Little Boy Who Lived Upon Learning. Philadelphia : Published and sold by B.C. Buzby, 1810.
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Flowers for children. Part I, For children eight or nine years old Child, Lydia Maria, 1802-1880. Flowers for children. Part I, For children eight or nine years old New-York : C.S. Francis & Co, 1844.
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Flowers for children. Part II, For children from four to six years old. Child, Lydia Maria, 1802-1880. Flowers for children. Part II, For children from four to six years old. New-York : C.S. Francis & Co, 1844.
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Gobolinks, or Shadow-Pictures for Young and Old

Gobolinks, or Shadow-Pictures for Young and Old/ By Ruth McEnery Stuart and Albert Bigelow Paine. New York: The Century Co., 1896.
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Goody Two Shoes. Goody Two Shoes. Printed at Worcester, Massachusetts : By Isaiah Thomas, 1787.
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Goody Two-Shoes : illuminated with ten pictures. Goody Two-Shoes : illuminated with ten pictures. New York : H.W. Hewet, engraver and printer, 1855.
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The History of Insects

History of Insects. New-York: Printed and sold by Samuel Wood, at the Juvenile Book-Store, no. 357, Pearl-Street, 1813.
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History of Tommy Two-Shoes, own brother to Mrs. Margery Two-Shoes. Elliott, Mary, approximately 1792- History of Tommy Two-Shoes, own brother to Mrs. Margery Two-Shoes. Hartford : Printed by Sheldon & Goodwin, 1818.
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The Grasshopper Stories

The Grasshopper Stories / by Elizabeth Davis Leavitt; With Illustrations By Maude Dewey Doan. [S.l. : s.n.], c1912 (Jacksonville, Ill.: Henderson & DePew, printers).
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Illustrated primer, or, The first book for children : designed for home or parental instruction : embellished with numerous engravings, and pretty stories, which will please the children amazingly! Illustrated primer, or, The first book for children : designed for home or parental instruction : embellished with numerous engravings, and pretty stories, which will please the children amazingly! New York : Published by George F. Cooledge & Brother, 1844.
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Indian Chief and the Little White Boy. Indian Chief and the Little White Boy. Philadelphia : Theodore Bliss & Co., 1862.
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Jack the Giant Killer. Bayley, F. W. N. (Frederic William Naylor), 1808-1853. Jack the Giant Killer. New York : Burgess, Stringer & Co., 1845.
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Jimmy Crow

Jimmy Crow / By Edith Francis Foster. Boston: Dana Estes & Co., c1902.
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King Winter

King Winter. Hamburg: Gustav W. Seitz, [ca. 1859].
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See the Blog Post: "A Book to Bring in the Season" to learn more about this book.

Life of George Washington. Weems, M. L. (Mason Locke), 1759-1825. Life of George Washington. Philadelphia : Printed for the author, 1808.
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Little Colonel. Johnston, Annie F. (Annie Fellows), 1863-1931. Little Colonel. Boston : Joseph Knight Company, 1896.
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Little frog and pretty mouse. Little frog and pretty mouse. Philadelphia : J.B. Keller, 1852.
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A Little Pretty Pocket-Book

A Little Pretty Pocket-Book, Intended for the Instruction and Amusement of Little Master Tommy, and Pretty Miss Polly / Printed at Worcester, Massachusetts. By Isaiah Thomas, and Sold, Wholesale and Retail, at His Bookstore, 1787.
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Little Prudy. May, Sophie, 1833-1906. Little Prudy. Boston : Lee and Shepard, 1864.
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Little Red Riding Hood. Bayley, F. W. N. (Frederic William Naylor), 1808-1853. Little Red Riding Hood. New York : Burgess, Stringer & Co., 1845.
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Little Songs of Long Ago

Little Songs of Long Ago: More Old Nursery Rhymes / the Original Tunes Harmonized By Alfred Moffat; Illustrated By H. Willebeek Le Mair. London: Augener: For the Book Trade, A. & C. Black; New-York: G. Schirmer, c1912.
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London Town

London Town / Designed and Illustrated By Thos. Crane & Ellen Houghton. London; New York: Marcus Ward & Co., [1883].
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Malleville; A Franconia Story. Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879. Malleville; A Franconia Story. New York : Harper & Brothers, publishers, 1850.
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Mary's Little Lamb

Mary's Little Lamb: a Picture Guessing Story for Little Children: With 500 Pictures By the Author / By Edith Francis Foster. Salem, Mass.: S.E. Cassino, c1903.
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Metamorphosis, or, A transformation of pictures, with poetical explanations, for the amusement of young persons. Sands, Benjamin. Metamorphosis, or, A transformation of pictures, with poetical explanations, for the amusement of young persons. New York : Published by Samuel Wood, no. 357 Pearl Street, printed by Joseph Rakestraw, Philadelphia, 1814.
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Mother Goose Finger Plays

Mother Goose Finger Plays / Selected and Adapted By Irene Margaret Cullison. Philadelphia: George W. Jacobs & Co., [1915].
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Mother [Goose] in hieroglyphics. Mother [Goose] in hieroglyphics. New-York : Published by Sherman & Co, 1855.
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My Very First Little German Book

My Very First Little German Book. New York, Hodder & Stoughton [19--?].
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New England Primer Improved. New England Primer Improved. Boston : Printed for and sold by A. Ellison, 1773.
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New Hieroglyphical Bible for the Amusement & Instruction of Children. New Hieroglyphical Bible for the Amusement & Instruction of Children. Reprinted at Jaffrey, N.H. : By Salmon Wilder, 1814.
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Our Flag

Our Flag: Its History and Changes From 1620 to 1896. 2d ed. New Haven, Conn., Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1896.
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Our Old Nursery Rhymes

Our Old Nursery Rhymes / the Original Tunes Harmonized by Alfred Moffat; Illustrated By H. Willebeek Le Mair. London: Augener; New-York: G. Schirmer, c1911.
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Peter Parley's Tales About America. Goodrich, Samuel G. (Samuel Griswold), 1793-1860. Peter Parley's Tales About America. Boston : S.G. Goodrich, 1827.
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Peter Parley's Tales About Europe. Goodrich, Samuel G. (Samuel Griswold), 1793-1860. Peter Parley's Tales About Europe. Boston: S.G. Goodrich, 1828.
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Picture book for little children. Picture book for little children. Philadelphia : published by Kimber and Conrad, No. 93, Market Street, 1812.
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Pictures and stories from Uncle Tom's cabin. Pictures and stories from Uncle Tom's cabin. Boston: John P. Jewett & Co, 1853.
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The Pied Piper of Hamlin

The Pied Piper of Hamelin / By Robert Browning; Illustrated by Kate Greenaway. London; New York: Frederick Warne and Co., [1910].
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Prodigal daughter, or, A strange and wonderful relation. Prodigal daughter, or, A strange and wonderful relation. Hartford : Printed for the travelling booksellers, 1799.
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Puzzling-Cap. Puzzling-Cap. Philadelphia : Printed by John Adams, 1805.
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Ragged Dick; or Street Life in New York Among the Boot Blacks. Alger, Horatio, Jr., 1832-1899. Ragged Dick; or Street Life in New York Among the Boot Blacks. [Boston] : Loring, publisher, 1868.
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Red Riding Hood. Very, Lydia L. A. (Lydia Louisa Anna), 1823-1901. Red Riding Hood. Boston, Mass. : Published by L. Prang & Co, 1863.
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Rip Van Winkle. Irving, Washington, 1783-1859. Rip Van Winkle. Boston : S.E. Cassino, 1888., 1888.
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The Rocket Book

The Rocket Book / By Peter Newell. New York: Harper & Brothers, c1912.
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Rollo in London. Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879. Rollo in London. Boston : W.J. Reynolds & Company, 1855.
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The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden / By Frances Hodgson Burnett. New York: F.A. Stokes, 1911.
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School Song Book. Hale, Sarah Josepha Buell, 1788-1879. School Song Book. Boston : Allen & Ticknor, 1834.
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Seven little sisters who live on the round ball that floats in the air : with illustrations. Andrews, Jane, 1833-1887. Seven little sisters who live on the round ball that floats in the air : with illustrations. Boston : Ticknor and Fields, 1864.
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Sketches and Scraps. Richards, Laura Elizabeth Howe, 1850-1943. Sketches and Scraps. Boston : Estes & Lauriat, 1881.
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The Slant Book

The Slant Book / by Peter Newell. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1910.
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The Song of Sixpence Picture Book

The Song of Sixpence Picture Book: Containing Sing a Song of Sixpence, Princess Belle Etoile, An Alphabet of Old Friends / With the Original Coloured Designs by Walter Crane, including a Preface and Other Embellishments. London; New York: John Lane, The Bodley Head, [1909].
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Stories from Hands Andersen

Stories From Hans Andersen / With Illustrations By Edmund Dulac. London: Hodder & Stoughton, [c1911].
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The Story of the Three Little Pigs

The Story of the Three Little Pigs / With Drawings By L. Leslie Brooke.
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Tales of Peter Parley About America. Goodrich, Samuel G. (Samuel Griswold), 1793-1860. Tales of Peter Parley About America. Boston : Carter, Hendee, and Co, 1832.
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Token for Children. Janeway, James, 1636?-1674. Token for Children. Boston : Printed and sold by Z. Fowle, 1771.
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Tom the Piper's Son.

Tom the Piper's Son. Philadelphia : Published and sold wholesale by Wm. Charles, and may be had of all the book-sellers, 1808.

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Topsys & Turvys. Newell, Peter, 1862-1924. Topsys & Turvys. New York : The Century Co., 1893.
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The Twelve Magic Changlings

The Twelve Magic Changelings / By M.A. Glen. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co., c1907.
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Two Little Confederates. Page, Thomas Nelson, 1853-1922. Two Little Confederates. New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 1888.
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Uncle Remus. Harris, Joel Chandler, 1848-1908. Uncle Remus. New York : D. Appleton and Company, 1881.
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Uncle's Present : A New Battledoor. Uncle's Present : A New Battledoor. Philadelphia : Published by Jacob Johnson, 1810.
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Visit from St. Nicholas. Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863. A Visit From St. Nicholas. Boston : Published by L. Prang & Co., 1864.
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A Visit From Saint Nicholas

A Visit From Saint Nicholas. Illustrated From Drawings By F.O.C. Darley. New York, J. G. Gregory, c1862.
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William Tell Told Again

William Tell Told Again / By P.G. Wodehouse; With Illustrations In colour By Philip Dadd, Described In Verse By John W. Houghton. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1904.
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[Wood Hornbook] [realia]. United States?: s.n., 18--]
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Wonder Book. Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864. Wonder Book. Boston : Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1852.
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Wonder Book. Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864. Wonder Book. Cambridge [Mass.] : Printed at the Riverside Press, 1893.
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The Wonders of a Toy Shop

The Wonders of a Toy Shop. New-York: J.Q. Preble, [185-?].
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Uncle Tom's Cabin for Children

Uncle Tom's Cabin for Children / By Harriet Beecher Stowe; Adapted By Helen Ring Robinson; designed By W.M. Rhoads. Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Co., [c1908].
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Yankee Doodle : an old friend in a new dress. Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911. Yankee Doodle : an old friend in a new dress. New York : Printed by Dodd, Mead, and Company, 1881.
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Young child's ABC, or, First book. Young child's ABC, or, First book. New-York : Samuel Wood, 1806.
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Youth's instructer in natural history.  Volume 1. Youth's instructer in natural history. Volumes 1-7. New York : E. Bliss, 1832.
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Zigzag Journeys in India, or, The Antipodes of the Far East : a Collection of the Zena¨na¨ tales. Butterworth, Hezekiah, 1839-1905. Zigzag Journeys in India, or, The Antipodes of the Far East : a Collection of the Zena¨na¨ tales. Boston : Estes and Lauriat, 1887.
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