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Robert Lawson

(Robert (Rob, Robin) Ripley Lawson)

Author, Illustrator, Compiler

(1892 - 1957)

Robert Lawson

Robert Lawson was an American author and illuustrator. He is considered one of the finest creators of children’s books of his time. Lawson was the first to receive both of the top two American prizes in this field: the Caldecott Medal for They Were Strong and Good (1940), and the Newbery Medal for Rabbit Hill (1945).



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Adam of the Road (1942)

In this story of thirteenth-century England, Adam travels from St. Albans Abbey to Winchester to Oxford in search of his father, a strolling player.  The Newbery Award seal was applied to the dust jacket by the time of the second printing in June 1943. The paper in the first printing is unusually heavy for a war time book, but by the second and third printings, it had noticably decreased in thickness. The green cloth binding of the first printing became blue in subsequent printings. 

1942
1943

Author(s): Elizabeth Janet Gray
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Adam of the Road (1943)

In this story of thirteenth-century England, Adam travels from St. Albans Abbey to Winchester to Oxford in search of his father, a strolling player. This is the first British edition. The type was reset, reducing the page count considerably. The prefatory poem is missing.

1942
1943

Author(s): Elizabeth Janet Gray
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Adam of the Road (1949)

In this story of thirteenth-century England, Adam travels from St. Albans Abbey to Winchester to Oxford in search of his father, a strolling player. This later edition uses one of the interior illustrations for the dust jacket. It maintains the different type setting of the first British edition.

1943

Author(s): Elizabeth Janet Gray
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Aesop’s Fables (1941)

Here are all the old familiar fables from The Hare and the Tortoise to The Fox and the Crow and many others that are not as well known.  This is The Heritage Illustrated Bookshelf edition.  It is a smaller format than the original Heritage Press edition printed on light weight, uncoated paper (which is subject to considerable foxing) and lacks the colophon.  The design of the box is the same as the dust jacket. 

There is also a Heritage Reprints edition, slightly smaller in size on even thinner but coated paper.  Between the two the Reprints edition shows the illustrations to better advantage.  

Author(s): Aesop
Munro Leaf
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Aesop's Fables (1941)

Here are all the old familiar fables in modern English, from the Hare and the Tortoise to the Boy Who Called Wolf. This is the original large format edition printed in three colors of ink on heavy Worthy paper.

Author(s): Aesop
Munro Leaf
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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America at the Factory Gate (1930)

This illustration was probably prepared for a magazine cover, or to illustrate a magazine story. The source is currently unknown.

Author(s): Unknown
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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At That Time (1947)

Robert Lawson’s memoir of growing up is set in suburban New Jersey in the early twentieth century. While aimed at older readers, younger ones will find much to enjoy as well. He is particularly good on the subject of kites, their proper construction and flying.  The cover illustration does not appear in the book. 

Author(s): Robert Lawson
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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At That Time (1948)

Robert Lawson’s memoir of growing up is set in suburban New Jersey in the early twentieth century. While aimed at older readers, younger ones will find much to enjoy as well. He is particularly good on the subject of kites, their proper construction and flying. The dust jacket illustration appears at the head of chapter three.

Author(s): Robert Lawson
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Ben and Me (1939)

In this, the first of Robert Lawson’s biographies of famous men written by their pets, Amos the mouse reveals the real story behind the Benjamin Franklin legend. From the invention of the Franklin Stove (based on a design by Amos) to his successful term as the United States ambassador to France, the talented mouse was at the great man’s side with his advice and counsel.

Author(s): Robert Lawson
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Betsy Ross (1936)

Helen Bates tells the story of how General George Washington commissioned Betsy Ross to sew the first American flag.

Author(s): Helen Dixon Bates
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Captain Kidd’s Cat (1956)

Being the True and Dolorous Chronicle of Wm. Kidd, Gent. & Merchant of New York. Late Captain of the Adventure Galley. Of the Vicissitudes attending His Unfortunate Cruise in Eastern Waters, of His Incarceration in Newgate Prison, of His Unjust Trial and Execution. As Narrated by His Faithful Cat McDermot, who ought to know.

In this, his fourth biography written by the subject’s pet, following on the success of “Ben and Me,” and “I Discover Columbus” and “Mr. Revere and I,” illustrator Robert Lawson returns to his earlier pen-and-ink style for the illustrations.

Author(s): Robert Lawson
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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The Children’s Hour Volume 2 (1953)

An anthology of fairy tales, old and new.  The illustrations by Robert Lawson had previously appeared in Just for Fun

Author(s): Margaret J. Baker
Kenneth Grahame
E. Nesbit
James Thurber
Et al
Illustrator(s): Hardie Gramatky
Wanda Gág
Dorothy P. Lathrop
Marie A. Lawson
Robert Lawson
Henry C. Pitz
Ernest H. Shepard
Louis Slobodkin
Lynd Ward
Et al

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The Children’s Hour Volume 4 (1953)

A collection of humorous and nonsense stories and verse.  Includes a selection from Mr. Popper's Penguins with illustrations by Robert Lawson. 

Author(s): Florence Atwater
Richard Atwater
Walter R. Brooks
Richard Hughes
Hugh Lofting
Betty MacDonald
Laura E. Richards
Carl Sandburg
Various
Carolyn Wells
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson
Robert McCloskey
John Tenniel
Keith Ward
Kurt Wiese
Et al

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The Children’s Hour Volume 5 (1953)

A copious collection of poetry. Includes Robert Lawson's illustrations to three poems of Jonathan Bing. The image on page 247 of Jonathan with a wheelbarrow does not appear in Just for Fun.

Author(s): Robert Browning
Lewis Carroll
Charles E. Carryl
Alfred Noyes
Robert W. Service
Various
Illustrator(s): Elizabeth Orton Jones
Dorothy P. Lathrop
Robert Lawson
Et al

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The Connecticut Cookbook (1944)

This is a collection of recipes from Connecticut kitchens, equally adapted for wartime and peacetime.

Author(s): The Woman’s Club of Westport
Illustrator(s): James Daugherty
Robert Lawson
Et al

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Country Colic (1944)

Robert Lawson has written an illustrated glossary of the joys and travails of country living.

Author(s): Robert Lawson
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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The Crock of Gold (1942)

A fantasy about a philosopher, leprecauns, policemen and a crock of gold among others.

Author(s): James Stephens
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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The Delineator August 1921 (1921)

Robert Lawson drew an illustration for a poem Fairy Mischief on page 17. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Author(s): Arthur Guiterman
Various
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson
Et al

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