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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.

Author(s): Eugene Field
Illustrator(s): Maxfield Parrish

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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.

Author(s): Robert Louis Stevenson
Illustrator(s): Jessie Willcox Smith

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A Little Princess Being the Whole Story of Sara Crewe Now Told for the First Time (1905)

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.

Author(s): Frances Hodgson Burnett
Illustrator(s): Ethel Franklin Betts

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Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906)

First separate printing of Peter’s first appearance in The Little White Bird. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): J. M. Barrie
Illustrator(s): Arthur Rackham

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The Queen’s Museum and Other Fanciful Tales (1906)

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.

Author(s): Frank R. Stockton
Illustrator(s): Frederick Richardson

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The Arabian Nights Their Best-Known Tales (1909)

Ten of the most famous tales from the Thousand and One Nights, adapted for younger readers. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): None
Illustrator(s): Maxfield Parrish

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The Last of the Mohicans (1910)

This, the second book in the Leatherstocking Tales, is again set in New York during the French and Indian War. Uncas is the titular Mohican. Read online at Hathitrust.

Author(s): James Fenimore Cooper
Illustrator(s): E. Boyd Smith

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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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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.

Author(s): Robert Louis Stevenson
Illustrator(s): Robert Louis Stevenson
N. C. Wyeth

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Christmas Tales and Christmas Verse (1912)

A collection of stories and poems by the Chicago poet of childhood. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Eugene Field
Illustrator(s): Florence Edith Storer

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Kidnapped (1913)

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.

Author(s): Robert Louis Stevenson
Illustrator(s): N. C. Wyeth

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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.

Author(s): Frances Hodgson Burnett
Illustrator(s): Reginald Bathurst Birch

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The Boy Emigrants (1914)

Two young men head west by Conestoga to find a better life. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Noah Brooks
Illustrator(s): Harvey Thomas Dunn

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Indian Why Stories: Sparks from War Eagle’s Lodge-Fire (1915)

A collection of Native American myths, legends and tales. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Frank Bird Linderman
Illustrator(s): Charles Marion Russell

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The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses (1916)

An historical romance set during the Wars of the Roses. Read online at Hathitrust.

Author(s): Robert Louis Stevenson
Illustrator(s): N. C. Wyeth

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The Boy’s King Arthur (1917)

A retelling of the Arthurian romances taken from Sir Thomas Malory. Read online at Hathitrust.

Author(s): Sidney Lanier
Illustrator(s): N. C. Wyeth

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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.

Author(s): Jules Verne
Illustrator(s): N. C. Wyeth

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The Sandman’s Forest: A Story for Large Persons to Read to Small Persons (1918)

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.

Author(s): Louis Dodge
Illustrator(s): Paul Bransom

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The Last of the Mohicans (1919)

This, the second book in the Leatherstocking Tales series, is again set in New York during the French and Indian War. Uncas is the titular Mohican. Read online at archive.org. Or at Hathitrust.

Author(s): James Fenimore Cooper
Illustrator(s): N. C. Wyeth

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From the Earth to the Moon … And a Trip Round It (1920)

A projectile fired from a gun takes these adventurers to the moon and back. Read online at Hathitrust.

Author(s): Jules Verne
Illustrator(s): Henry Cruse Murphy, Jr.

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