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“The Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books

In 1934, English librarian Edgar Osborne visited the Toronto Public Library’s Boys & Girls House, the first separate children’s library in the British Commonwealth. He was deeply impressed by the quality and range of children’s services established by and flourishing under Lillian H. Smith. In 1949, as a tribute to her work and reputation, Osborne presented his collection to the Toronto Public Library Board. The Osborne Collection encompasses the development of English Children’s literature, including: a fourteenth-century manuscript of Aesop’s fables, fifteenth-century traditional tales, sixteenth-century school texts and courtesy books, godly Puritan works, eighteenth-century chapbooks, moral tales and rational recreations, Victorian classics of fantasy, adventure and school stories, up to 1910 – the end of the Edwardian era.”

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The Osbourne Collection

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