Written By: John
Here are some nice pictures from Diamonds and Toads, an 1870′s book. These were forwarded to me by Janice Wald, who scanned the images from the book, which belonged to her great grandmother. You can see the notation from 1894 on the top of the first page of text.
These are from the McLoughlin Brothers American edition, which was slightly altered from the original English edition. Any edition prior to 1900 is rather scarce, and in good condition is sought after by collectors.
The story is adapted from Charles Perrault, one of the seminal figures in the birth of the modern fairy tale. The illustrator was Kate Greenaway, who was a prolific illustrator of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some of her other illustrations are catalogued online and available HERE at the Illuminated Books Project.
I have posted all the pages as originally scanned in their own folder. Thus you can read the full text. I could not find this exact version of the text online, so posting as text instead of images is not possible now (as I am not about to transcribe it). I will update this post if I find the text. The images I have cleaned up and posted in the main folder. I have repaired the tears and enhanced the colors. The originals are in the sub-folder, so you have access to those as well.
The Gallery has links to all the plates, both edited and as scanned. The images below link to the individual image pages where they are available for download in various sizes for free.
Title: Diamonds and Toads
Author: adapted from Charles Perrault (from traditional sources)
Artist: Kate Greenaway
Publisher: McLoughlin Brothers
Date Published: circa 1875
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