Walter Crane (1845-1915) was an English artist and book illustrator, one of the most influential and prolific children's book creators of his generation. He was part of the Arts and Crafts movement, and produced a wide variety of materials, including a number of iconic images for the  Socialist League.

The two items featured here, The Alphabet of Old Friends and Puss in Boots, were originally published in 1874; Special Collections & Archives holds facsimile editions from the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books at the Toronto Public Library, published by the Bodley Head in 1981.

Call number: G5485 and G5486

Alphabet of Old Friends cover

Alphabet of old friends, I-M

Puss in boots front cover

Puss in boots page 2, cat putting on boots and catching rabbit

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