Kate Greenaway: Diamonds and Toads

Categories: Children
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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Cover

Cover

Cover Detail

Cover Detail

Roses Kindness

Rose's Kindness

Pearls and Diamonds

Pearls and Diamonds

Toads and Vipers

Toads and Vipers

The Fairys Visit

The Fairy's Visit

Rear Cover

Rear Cover

One Response to “Kate Greenaway: Diamonds and Toads”

  1. Lisa Dunseth Says:

    Hello and a friendly correction about this Kate Greenaway book called “Diamonds and Toads”. The Greenaway illustrations are in a book called “Aunt Louisa’s Nursery Favorites” printed by Kronheim and published by Frederick Warne in 1870. [see Ruari McLean’s “Victorian Book Design.”] The ones in the McLoughlin book are by a different artist. All best regards, Lisa Dunseth, Book Arts & Special Collections,San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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