Scribner’s Illustrated Classics Series
Beginning with Maxfield Parrish’s illustrated edition of Poems of Childhood by Eugene Field, Charles Scribner’s Sons began to publish a generally uniform edition of illustrated classic books for younger readers. These are characterized by a full-color paste-down on the front board, and contained a number of color plates as well as black and white illustrations. Later printings frequently would drop some of the color plates making the early editions more desirable.
Books in the Scribner’s Illustrated Classics series:
Poems of Childhood (1904)
A collection of poems including ‘Wynken, Blynken and Nod,’ and ‘The Duel.’ Read online at archive.org.
A Child’s Garden of Verses (1905)
‘In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.’
And sixty-three other well-known poems. Read online at archive.org.
Originally a short story, then made into a play, this is a more developed story of the orphan girl left at a boarding school who is reduced to servitude, then rescued by a friend of her father’s. Read online at archive.org.
First separate printing of Peter’s first appearance in The Little White Bird. Read online at archive.org.
A collection of modern fairy tales and satires including The Bee-Man of Orn and The Griffin and the Minor Canon. Read online at Hathitrust.
Ten of the most famous tales from the Thousand and One Nights, adapted for younger readers. Read online at archive.org.
The Last of the Mohicans (1910)
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.
Treasure Island (1911)
When Jim Hawkins retrieves Flint’s map from the sea chest of the dead Billy Bones, Squire Trelawney and Doctor Livesey catch the treasure fever and outfit a ship to search for it. Read online at archive.org.
A collection of stories and poems by the Chicago poet of childhood. Read online at archive.org.
When David Balfour comes to his uncle to claim his inheritance, he is kidnapped and put on a ship for the Carolinas. He escapes and, in company with Alan Breck Stewart, adventures about the Highlands of Scotland. Read online at archive.org.
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1913)
When his uncles die, Cedric becomes heir to his grandfather’s estate, and soon takes over the old gentleman’s heart as well. Reginald Birch did a new suite of illustrations for this edition. The scan is of the original edition. Read online at archive.org.
The Boy Emigrants (1914)
Two young men head west by Conestoga to find a better life. Read online at archive.org.
A collection of Native American myths, legends and tales. Read online at archive.org.
An historical romance set during the Wars of the Roses. Read online at Hathitrust.
The Boy’s King Arthur (1917)
A retelling of the Arthurian romances taken from Sir Thomas Malory. Read online at Hathitrust.
The Mysterious Island (1918)
During the American Civil War five prisoners of war and a dog escape from Richmond in a balloon and are driven across the country by a fierce storm and wrecked on a desert island in the Pacific. They proceed to make a home for themselves with all the modern conveniences. Better written, or at least translated, than many of Verne’s other novels. Read online at Hathitrust.
On his fifth birthday Giddy receives a pearl handled knife and a compass - and takes a flight on the Superstork to the Sandman’s forest. Read online at archive.org.