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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:

The Arabian Nights Their Best-Known Tales (1909)

Ten of the most famous tales from the Thousand and One Nights, adapted for younger readers.

Author: None
Illustrator: Maxfield Parrish

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Bambi (2014)

Bambi: A Life in the Woods” by Felix Salten was originally published in Austria in 1923. Simon & Schuster’s 1928 edition is based on an English translation by Whittaker Chambers.

Author: Felix Salten
Illustrator: Lou Fancher
Steve Johnson

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

An historical romance set during the Wars of the Roses.

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Illustrator: N. C. Wyeth

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The Boy Emigrants (1914)

Two young men head west by Conestoga to find a better life.

Author: Noah Brooks
Illustrator: Harvey Thomas Dunn

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The Boy Emigrants (1939)

Two young men head west by Conestoga to find a better life. This edition bound in black cloth with a paste on cover is more typical of the Scribner’s Illustrated Classics.

Author: Noah Brooks
Illustrator: Harvey Thomas Dunn

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The Boy’s King Arthur (1917)

A retelling of the Arthurian romances taken from Sir Thomas Malory.

Author: Sidney Lanier
Illustrator: N. C. Wyeth

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The Call of the Wild (1999)

Stolen from his home, Buck is shanghaied to the Klondike gold fields. There he bonds with John Thornton. When Thornton is killed by robbers, Buck becomes the leader of the wolf pack.

Author: Jack London
Illustrator: Wendell Minor

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The Children of Dickens (1925)

Short excerpts from Dicken’s novels introducing his child characters.

Author: Samuel McChord Crothers
Illustrator: Euphame Mallison
Jessie Willcox Smith

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The Children of the New Forest (1927)

When the Roundheads triumph in the English civil war they burn down the Beverley family’s home. The orphaned children escape to the forest where they are taken in by Jacob Armitage, an old family servant. As in a Robinsonnade, they must learn to earn their own living while surrounded by deadly enemies.

Author: Frederick Marryat
Illustrator: Bernhard Stafford Good

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The Children’s Bible Selections from the Old and New Testament (1922)

Familiar stories from the Bible, both the Old Testament and the New.

Author: Charles Foster Kent
Henry A. Sherman
Illustrator: Various

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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.

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Illustrator: Jessie Willcox Smith

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Christmas Tales and Christmas Verse (1912)

A collection of stories and poems by the Chicago poet of childhood.

Author: Eugene Field
Illustrator: Florence Edith Storer

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David Balfour: Being Memoirs of His Adventures at Home and Abroad (1924)

In this second volume, David Balfour continues his adventures as he puts himself on the right side of the law, reclaims his inheritance and finds himself a wife.

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Illustrator: N. C. Wyeth

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Drums (1928)

This is the story of Johnny Fraser and his part in the Revolutionary War in the South.

Author: James Boyd
Illustrator: N. C. Wyeth

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The Enchanted Book Stories From Many Lands (1947)

This is a fairy tale anthology.

Author: Alice Dalgliesh
Illustrator: Concetta Cacciola

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Everychild: A Story Which the Old May Interpret to the Young and Which the Young May Interpret to the Old (1921)

Using familiar fairy tales, the author points out the necessity of loving one’s children more than oneself.

Author: Louis Dodge
Illustrator: Blanche Fisher Wright Laite

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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.

Author: Jules Verne
Illustrator: Henry Cruse Murphy, Jr.

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Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1920)

Classic tales from the Brothers Grimm.

Author: Brothers Grimm
Illustrator: Elenore Plaisted Abbott

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Hans Brinker: or, The Silver Skates (1926)

Hans and Gretel’s father has been unable to work. If Hans wins the skating race it will help to support the household. Hans decides to ask the famous brain surgeon if he can help their father.

Author: Mary Mapes Dodge
Illustrator: George Wharton Edwards

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Heidi (1922)

This is the well loved story of a little Swiss orphan who goes to live in the mountains with her grandfather, her exile in the big city and her return home. Originally published by David McKay it was added to the Scribner’s Illustrated Classics in 1958.

Author: Johanna Spyri
Illustrator: Jessie Willcox Smith

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