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F. D. Bedford

Author, Illustrator

(1864 - 1954)

F. D. Bedford

Francis Donkin Bedford, also known as F. D. Bedford, was a British artist and illustrator.

His most famous works include illustrations for:

  • A Book of Nursery Rhymes (1897)
  • The Books of Shops (1899)
  • Four and Twenty Toilers (1900)
  • The Visit to London (1902)
  • Peter and Wendy (1911)
  • The Magic Fishbone (1921)
  • A Christmas Carol (1923)
  • The Cricket on the Hearth (1927)

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Bibliography

Anne’s Terrible Good Nature (1908)

A collection of short stories. Only the endpapers and cover are by F. D. Bedford. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): E. V. Lucas
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford
Arthur H. Buckland

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Another Book of Verses for Children (1907)

Classic and traditional poems spanning Christmas, the Year, Birds, Dogs, Horses, the Sea, and Bedtime. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Various
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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At the Back of the North Wind (1924)

The son of a poor coachman is swept away by a radiant, maternal spirit with long, flowing hair.

Author(s): George MacDonald
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Battle of Life (1899)

One of Charles Dickens’ Christmas books, this is a story of love and self-sacrifice set in a rural village.

Author(s): Charles Dickens
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Battle of the Frogs and Mice (1894)

Mock heroics from the ancient Greek. The attribution to Homer is doubted by some. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Homer
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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Billy Barnicoat (1922)

Billy is the sole survivor of a Spanish ship that is wrecked off the coast of Cornwall. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Author(s): Greville MacDonald
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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A Book of Nursery Rhymes (1897)

Forty-one nursery rhymes with colored illustrations engraved on wood. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): F. D. Bedford
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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A Book of Nursery Rhymes (1985)

A collection of nursery rhymes, here in a later reprint. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Mother Goose
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Book of Shops (1899)

Verses and pictures of shops of all kinds. Read for free online at the University of Florida.

Author(s): Edward Verrall Lucas
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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A Book of Verses for Children (1897)

A collection of poetry for children - best read aloud. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Author(s): Edward Verrall Lucas
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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Buckinghamshire (1903)

A “Little Guide” to the English county. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Author(s): E. S. Roscoe
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Chimes: A Goblin Story (1899)

The goblins ringing the chimes show Trotty a dystopian future -- he wakes determined to do what he can to make things better. This Christmas story followed the successful A Christmas Carol.

Author(s): Charles Dickens
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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A Christmas Carol (1899)

The classic story of the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge.

Author(s): Charles Dickens
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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A Christmas Carol (1923)

The classic story of the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge. This abridged edition has more illustrations than the 1899 edition.

Author(s): Charles Dickens
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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Count Billy (1928)

Young Billy makes good his claim to lands and castles in Spain, but renounces them to win back his self-respect and the love of his friends in Cornwall.

Author(s): Greville MacDonald
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Cricket on the Hearth (1899)

This, the most popular of Dickens’ Christmas books, tells a domestic story of the Peerybingle family and their friends.

Author(s): Charles Dickens
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Cricket on the Hearth (1927)

This, the most popular of Dickens’ Christmas books, tells a domestic story of the Peerybingle family and their friends. This edition has many more illustrations than the 1899 edition.

Author(s): Charles Dickens
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Cricket on the Hearth (1927)

This, the most popular of Dickens’ Christmas books, tells a domestic story of the Peerybingle family and their friends. This edition has many more illustrations than the 1899 edition.

Author(s): Charles Dickens
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Deserts of Southern France (1894)

A travel book on Southern France covering a region that for many hundred years belonged to England. It is in two volumes. Read for free online at HathiTrust: Volume I, Volume II.

Author(s): S. Baring-Gould
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford
S. Hutton
Et al

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Forgotten Tales of Long Ago (1906)

Twenty short stories, many by anonymous authors. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Author(s): Jacob Abbott
Anonymous
Charles Dickens
Maria Edgeworth
Peter Parley
Et al
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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Four and Twenty Toilers (1900)

Pictures and poems about various trades and professions. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): E. V. Lucas
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Friendly Town (1905)

This collection of essays on the joys of city life has endpapers by F. D. Bedford. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Author(s): E. V. Lucas
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Gentlest Art (1908)

A collection of letters. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Author(s): Various
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain (1899)

Professor Redlaw is haunted by his anger at past slights but learns forgetting will not heal him -- he must forgive. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Charles Dickens
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The History of Henry Esmond, Esq (1898)

A romance of the early eighteenth century in Thackeray’s best style. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Author(s): William Makepeace Thackeray
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Isle of Wight (1905)

A vistor’s guide to the island off the south coast of England. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Author(s): George Clinch
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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Kent (1903)

A visitor’s guide to the English county of Kent. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Author(s): George Clinch
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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Knock at the Door (1931)

Stephen is half mortal and half fairy and must choose his inheritance.

Author(s): Elizabeth Coatsworth
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Land of the Ever Young (1920)

Dermot, an antiseptic boy, meets Micky, a Simple-Lifer girl and they have adventures with the pooka under the sea.

Author(s): Rosamond Langbridge
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Life and Adventures of Lady Anne (1969)

The story of an orphan whose aristocratic parents die, leaving her to the parish. The illustrations likely came from Forgotten Tales of Long Ago. Read for free online at Google Books.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Light Princess and Other Fairy Stories (1920)

A collection of fairy tales including the story of a princess who loses her gravity.

Author(s): George MacDonald
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Magic Fishbone (1921)

The story of the Princess Alicia and her fairy godmother Grandmarina and a certain salmon bone, to say nothing of her eighteen brothers and sisters. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Charles Dickens
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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Meggie: A Day-Dream (1908)

A collection of short sentimental essays about an orphan girl and her aunt and grandmother.

Author(s): Victoria F. C. Percy
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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A Night of Wonders (1906)

A Christmas adventure.

Author(s): F. D. Bedford
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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No Thoroughfare (1898)

Based on a stage play co-written with Wilkie Collins, this is the story of two orphans given the same name and the search for a missing heir. The title page by Bedford; frontis by Goodman.

Author(s): Wilkie Collins
Charles Dickens
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford
A. Jules Goodman

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Old Country Life (1890)

A collection of essays on the decline of the English squirearchy. Read for free online at Internet Achive.

Author(s): S. Baring-Gould
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford
Francis Masey
William Parkinson

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Old English Fairy Tales (1895)

A collection of the older English fairy tales. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): S. Baring-Gould
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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Old Fashioned Stories and Poems Volume VI (1907)

An anthology from the early part of the twentieth century. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Various
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford
Walter Crane
Et al

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The Original Poems and Others (1903)

“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and many other poems. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Adelaide O’Keeffe
Ann Taylor
Jane Taylor
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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Peter and Wendy (1911)

This is J. M. Barrie’s most famous work. It tells the story of Peter Pan, a mischievous little boy who can fly, and his adventures on the island of Neverland with Wendy Darling and her brothers, the fairy Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, the Indian princess Tiger Lily, and the pirate, Captain Hook. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): J. M. Barrie
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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Peter and Wendy and Margaret Ogilvy (1912)

An omnibus including Barrie’s biography of his mother and his most famous work. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): J. M. Barrie
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Princess and the Goblin (1926)

The Princess Irene has been sent to her King-Papa’s hunting lodge to live. One evening when her nurse keeps her out too late, they are rescued by Curdie, a miner’s son.

Author(s): George MacDonald
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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Runaways and Castaways (1908)

A selection of stories of adventure from well known authors. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Author(s): Anonymous
F. Anstey
Charles Dickens
Alexandre Dumas
George Eliot
Mrs. Juliana Horatia Ewing
Bret Harte
Charles Kingsley
Mark Twain
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Second Post (1910)

A further collection of letters. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Author(s): Various
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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Short Stories (1920)

A selection of four of Macdonald’s most famous fairy stories, including ‘The Light Princess’ and ‘The Golden Key.’

Author(s): George MacDonald
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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Somebody’s Luggage (1898)

This was the Christmas number of “All the Year Round” for 1862. Dickens wrote several of the pieces.

Author(s): Charles Dickens
Et al
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford
A. Jules Goodman

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Stories from the Life of Christ (1905)

Twenty-nine stories from the New Testament. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): The Bible
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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Sunday Reading for the Young (1900)

This was a periodical with religious themed content. It seems to have been a monthly or fortnightly and annual volumes were published.

Author(s): Unknown
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford
Et al

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Sunday Reading for the Young (1901)

This was a periodical with religious themed content. It seems to have been a monthly or fortnightly and annual volumes were published.

Author(s): Unknown
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford
Et al

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Sunday Reading for the Young (1905)

This was a periodical with religious-themed content. It was published weeky and monthly numbers and annual volumes were published.

Author(s): Unknown
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford
Gordon Browne
Et al

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Sunday Reading for the Young (1906)

This was a periodical with religious themed content. It seems to have been a monthly or fortnightly and annual volumes were published.

Author(s): Unknown
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford
Et al

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Sunday Reading for the Young (1907)

This was a periodical with religious themed content. It seems to have been a monthly or fortnightly and annual volumes were published.

Author(s): Unknown
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford
Et al

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Sunday Reading for the Young (1908)

This was a periodical with religious themed content. It seems to have been a monthly or fortnightly and annual volumes were published.

Author(s): Unknown
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford
Et al

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Through Merrie England (1927)

Daily life in the days of William Shakespeare.

Author(s): F. L. Stevens
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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Under the Tree (1930)

A collection of poems for children. This is the second, enlaraged, illustrated, edition.

Author(s): Elizabeth Madox Roberts
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Vicar of Wakefield (1900)

The vicar endures the sufferings of Job, but all comes right in the end.

Author(s): Oliver Goldsmith
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Visit to London (1902)

Poems and pictures of a visit to London.

Author(s): E. V. Lucas
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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Westminster Abbey (1900)

A guide to the famous church. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): G. E. Troutbeck
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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What Shall We Do Now? (1900)

A collection of games and activities for children. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Author(s): E. V. Lucas
E. Lucas
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb (1912)

Six volumes. The gilt device on the cover is by Bedford. This is the foolscap octavo edition, which includes new material not in the large paper edition of 1903-5. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Author(s): Charles Lamb
Mary Lamb
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford

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The Works of Tobias Smollett (1895)

12 volumes. Bedford did the frontispieces, the head and tail pieces, and cover. There are several different editions of the editorial matter, many of which do not contain the Bedford art. This was issued in an edition of fifteen hundred copies. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Read different volumes for free online:

Author(s): Tobias Smollett
Illustrator(s): F. D. Bedford
Frank Richards

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