Monday, 16 April 2012

Vintage Alphabet Books; Pretty as a Picture

A Fairyland Alphabet (published 1984) beautifully illustrated by Alan Baker. A is for Archway to Fairyland gay; B is for butterflies showing the way; C is the castle the queen reigns over; D is the dew that's brought from the clover...
A Fairyland Alphabet is now sold, thank you for your interest.

ABC Fairyland (Published 1940) illustrated by Eulalie Banks. E is for Elfin a merry little fellow; F is for fairy with hair so soft and yellow, G is for the busy gnomes who hunt for hidden treasure; H is for the happy song they sing in fullest measure...ABC Fairyland is now sold, thank you for your interest.

The ABC Book (undated c1960) by Margery Colman. I is for ironing, take care not to scorch; J is for jolly sailor man, home from the sea; K is for cows kicking the poor dairy maid; L is for lost, but soon found again... The ABC Book is now sold, thank you for your interest.

Old Aunt Elspa's ABC (1978 facsimile of the original 1884 edition) by Joseph Crawhall. M for mischief and monkey, mend, manners and map; N for nosy and naughty, nest, nursery and nap; O for an ogre, owl, orange and Oak; P for proboscis, Pry, Pull and Poke.  Old Aunt Elspa's ABC is now sold, thank you for your interest.

Peter Pan's A.B.C (published 1913) illustrated by Flora White. Q for the quarter-deck, solid and roomy, where Hook walked alone and exceedingly gloomy; R for Redskins who mostly have passed all their lives, in making their wigwams and whetting their knives; S is for Smee: here the Bo'sun is seen, very busy at work with his sewing-machine; T for the tree tops where Wendy and Peter, lived happily - nothing on earth could be sweeter...  Peter Pan's A.B.C is now sold, thank you for your interest.

A.B.C pictures and stories (undated c1960s) illustrated by G. H. Higham. U Ann saw a Unicorn on the inn-sign, and Bobby spied the Union Jack on the church-tower; V Ann saw some vegetables outside the shop. Bobby was very sharp, for he noticed vinegar and a vase; W towards the end of their walk, the children passed through a timber-yard. I can see Wood said Ann, I can see a window and a windmill said Bobby; X is difficult to find, but their clever dog found one all by himself (see last picture above). A.B.C pictures and stories is now sold, thank you for your interest.

The children's own ABC book (undated c1950s) illustrated by Jeanne Farrar. Y is for yawn! Z is for Zebra crossing. The children's own ABC book is now sold, thank you for your interest.


  1. Oh Barbara this is just too wonderful. I love all of them. What a truly fabulous collection!! (If I really, really had to pick one I think it would be the 1940 ABC Fairyland) - but then the others are gorgeous too!

  2. My, these pictures are great. I wish adult books could be illustrated so nicely.

  3. I think I had ABC Pictures and Stories. I miss the days when these were so important and gave me so much fun.

  4. What treasures! I wish I had the money to buy them all. I especially love the two Fairy ABCs and the Peter Pan one! They are so much fun and the illustrations go so perfectly. :)

  5. barbaraannefisher17 April 2012 at 15:02

    Thank you Sharon, it was such a treat to share these – whatever did we do before blogs? I couldn't make up my mind which one I liked best – hence a few pictures from each. I’m really glad you enjoyed them.

  6. barbaraannefisher17 April 2012 at 15:03

    Me too, shall we start a campaign?

  7. barbaraannefisher17 April 2012 at 15:06

    That’s why I love my ‘job’ so much, these are still important to me, and I have a huge amount of fun with them. Thanks for calling in.

  8. barbaraannefisher17 April 2012 at 15:09

    Hello Jess, good choices! Peter Pan is really pretty as are the fairy ones. I wish I had the money to keep them all – but that will have to wait until I win the lottery!! : )

  9. These books are amazing. I think I like the peter Pan one from 1913. (It is almost 100 years old!) What a great job you have Barbara.

  10. barbaraannefisher17 April 2012 at 21:51

    Hi Darlene, the Peter Pan one is very special. I agree about my job, and I count my blessings every single day!

  11. These are amazing books! Love the ABC Fairyland and the Peter Pan books the most!

  12. barbaraannefisher18 April 2012 at 10:34

    Hi Diane, I'm having trouble deciding on my favourite, but like you, I think Peter Pan, and the fairy ones are lovely.

  13. The Peter Pan version sounds amazing. The story is already fascinating. I could just imagine Wendy and Peter up on the tree, ever-after happy. A Fairyland Alphabet's illustrations are gorgeous, too. Like Darlene said, Barbara, you have a wonderful job!

  14. barbaraannefisher18 April 2012 at 20:21

    Hello Claudine, thanks for visiting. Peter Pan is gorgeous, but then I think they are all gorgeous! I am very lucky – I love books so my ‘’job’ isn’t really a job at all.

  15. Michelle Yardley19 April 2012 at 18:32

    A is for amazing.
    B is for beautiful.
    C is for charming.

    P is for Peter Pan because I like that book the best.

  16. barbaraannefisher20 April 2012 at 08:10

    Thanks Michelle, I think your ABC sums up your lovely blog – amazing, beautiful and charming. Plus P 4 Perfect!


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Barbara xx

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