I love the illustrations of John Anster Fitzgerald,your post are beautiful.
Thank you, Emily, for being the first to sign the visitor book :o)
Yes, J A F's art is really magical!
Thank you for this wonderful site!
I am a retired elementary teacher and love children's book
illustrations and illustrators. You've given me lots more to
Hi Ree! I'm really glad you've enjoyed looking through the 'cupboard' :)
This site is a real treat! The illustrators and their works are particularly appealing to me. Thank you so much for all of the work you must have put into it. I love the set-up of the cupboard design too.
Thank you Bobette :)
I just wish I had more time to devote to the site... there are and have been so many fantastic illustrators that inspire me... I want them all in the cupboard :)
Where can I purchase the william beard drunk bears?
Not a clue, Jackie :)
I have a very well preserved copy of gullivers travels with mossa as the artest 1934 id loke to know if its worth any thing
You lucky thing, Mike! There's one for sale on abebooks.co.uk for £100 :)
Can you tell me where you found these preliminary pencil drawings by Tenniel for the Alice books? I am unfamiliar with them. Thank you!
Hi Rob :) I found them here and there across the internet, but I believe they are housed in the Houghton Library, the primary repository for rare books and manuscripts at Harvard University. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houghton_Library
I have a 1954 edition (Macmillan) of Alice's adventures in Wonderland - which contain the later versions of the illustration. This means at least that the later versions go back to 1954. I cannot find another example of this hardbound (green embossed front cover) anywhere - so it may be quite rare. I am interested in selling this book.
Hi Elsdon :)
I'm sorry I can't help you accurately with a value for your edition. All I can say is if it is the 1954 reprint of the 1927 Macmillan edition, I would imagine it would only be worth at most about £20 with a dust jacket in good condition. I've seen a first edition (1927) edition going for £40. I have the 1965 edition, it's in dreadful condition, and has lost its dust jacket... probably only worth a couple of quid :( Wouldn't sell it though, it was the first ever book that I read on my own as a wee one, and I have always treasured it :)
I came across your site quite by accident (as everything is online) and was absolutely enchanted to find someone else with the same interests as myself. I adore the graphics and layout of your site. Well done.
Thank you, Jennie! I really appreciate your kind comment. I had and still have great fun designing the look of the site and finding new treasures for the cupboard... just wish I had more time to collect. I run the site for myself really, but it's a wonderful bonus when a visitor appreciates the cupboard... gives me a buzz :))) Thank you!
Hi,nice site.I have a copy of Jack the Giant Killer here which an acquaintance asked me to value,along with a pile of other stuff..I have no idea what this is worth as it doesnt show up in comic guides..Surely this is a reprint not an 1898 title..but it doesnt say inside..Oh well,I will try a few more places.
Thank you Tim :) Jack the Giant Killer- Hugh Thomson... love his illustrations. If it's an original first edition 1898... there are a few for sale on 'AbeBooks' average price £200. Hope yours is original!
Good luck with your valuing :)))
Hello, I'm a young painter/enlightener of France, loving children's book, and your site is a great source of inspiration !
I've discovered here great artists, also I'm glad to see on Internet illustrators I knew as a child, specially Anton Pieck (I have a nice book of Grimm with great illustrations of him, edited in 40's).
Thank you for the work of this website !
Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I'm really pleased that you've enjoyed looking through the cupboard! :)
I'm very envious of your Anton Piek illustrated Grimm book!
Lovely cupboard to visit, Petra! I will come back often! You are one of my favorite illustrators!
Thank you so much! You've made my day :o)
Your website is absolutely charming and inspiring. I am a children's story writer/performer/puppeteer trying to start a little theatre in my small town. I have 4 postcards from my mother's European trip in 1973, from Denmark of Hans Christian Anderson stories, 1 of the man himself with 3 children, which I believe are illustrated by the Johnstone sisters. Published by FANTASI pub. 1972. I would like to find a collector to purchase.
Thanks for your wonderful work!
I wish you every luck with your theatre. Great fun!
Thank you for your kind words about the website... much appreciated :) I'm afraid I'm concentrating on collecting vintage Puffin Story books at the moment. But I'm sure if you pop them on Ebay under 'collectables' someone will snap them up.
Just wanted to let you know that I have discovered your site. It's a real delight and not only brings back happy memories of childhood reading, but makes me see what high quality there was in illustration and design. Just beautiful! Thank you.
Thank you for the lovely comment! :o) It's so nice to know that the cupboard is being visited and enjoyed. I don't work on the site nearly as much as I'd like... there's always so much other stuff to do! :)
I've just been checking out your website- Your 'Verity Sparks' books look great fun!
Also, your poor arm, Ouch! I do hope it gets better quickly. :)
Thank you for sharing a peek in your cupboard! You helped me find a childhood favorite book for which I have looked everywhere! - Victor Ambrus' illustrated Shakespeare!! :-)
That's just what I like to hear :o)
Thank you for commenting!
This is a unusually interesting selection of a word-cupboard-for your blog. Since a cupboard may provide order, a hidden place from adversaries, a wall full of cupboards-era-1930-1995 in an old house, words pictures art artists authors work stowed away in a cupboard. Really like the content of this cupboard- to Petra... from Arthur's wife, Annette Keith-amateur artist-former children's librarian-aged... atk
How delighted I am to have come across your site! You'll hear more from me in the fullness of time...
Slendid, wonderfull, magnifico !!!
I'm a french librarian, living in Paris, and collecting books and illustrations.
Thanks a lot for your blog, and very sorry my english is really bad !
Petra, what a delightful site you have! I had such a wonderful time visiting your shelf. Loved your paint tin collection and their beautiful illustrations, and what a great thing to collect. I may have to try this. Loved the games and especially enjoyed the utterly charming spool toys. What a delightful find. Thank you for sharing your treasures. Love your sweet and tender illustrations. Betty
Petra, I found your website whilst looking for Alfred Bestall's 'Rupert" endpapers. Your illustrations are wonderful, and it is so refreshing to discover a beautifully designed website combining interesting information with such high quality art work. Kind regards, Vince
This is an absolutely lovely and thoughtful site. For all of us who love children's books illustrators, thank you.
Petra, thank you so much for posting Justin Todd's illustrations of Through the Looking Glass! I was looking specifically for his illustration of the Jabberwocky. You wouldn't have that available, would you?
I LOVE your website!!!!
I wonder if you could help me with something. I would like to make contact with Antony Maitland, do you know how I could do this? My father (Peter Nisbet) was a good friend of his at art college and has said on a number of occasions he would like to make contact.
I'm so sorry. The last I heard about Mr Maitland was about 10 years ago- there was an article about him in 'Country Living'. Perhaps you might try contacting the magazine.
What a wonderful site. Thank you for sharing!
I happily discovered your youtube video about working on the computer. I have found that the conventional way with art materials is too frustrating as noted by you in your video. I am inspired to continue to work on the computer without any "guilt". After all it's just a tool like anything else...our creations and ideas are original. Thanks for generously sharing your methods and art!
Somehow got from looking at Video senders on Amazon to here! I think it went from trying to work out how thick the walls in old Rhuddlan houses are to Bestall brewery in Rhyl to Rupert bear to here!
Great website. I needed cheering up after the football yesterday! Diolch yn fawr.
I love children's books (who doesn't?!) and your website conveys just that sense of delight and lusciousness as you immerse yourself into the colours and atmosphere of evocative illustrations. Thank-you.
What a beautiful corner of the internet! Found whilst researching Alice illustrations for a photography project, what a mine of gorgeousness! Thank you :)
I'm wondering how one might acquire a print of your landscape illustrations, specifically from "If Big Can, I Can"? I love the painting found when you first open the hard cover page of that book and can envision it perfectly on display in my dining room. There are no animal characters and the image is of beautiful rolling hills using greenish-yellow tones, if that helps to narrow it down.
So sorry, but I'm not selling prints of my work at the moment. :( I'm really glad that you liked the picture! :o)