San Francisco Public Library

The Fox Collection

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The Collection

This collection of more than 2,000 early British and American children's books was given to the library in 1978 by George M. Fox of East Charlemont, Massachusetts. The collection is notable for the pristine condition of its mostly nineteenth century books which include many early color illustrations—including color wood engraving, chromolithographs and hand-painted books. Many of these books are fragile, paper pamphlets that reveal vivid color when opened—still brilliant after more than one hundred years. They would not have survived routine handling by children, and we are fortunate they were preserved. Highlights of the collection include “toy” and “moveable” books; examples from the shop of Edmund Evans, the premier nineteenth century printer of color wood engravings (whose most notable artists were Walter Crane, Kate Greenaway and Randolph Caldecott); and many examples of fine British printing from the firms of Thomas Nelson & Sons, Frederick Warne, Dean & Son and George Routledge & Sons.

Box & Folder List

The Gallery

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alphabet of flowers Alphabet of Flowers and Fruit

animals their pictures Animals Their Pictures, Habits, and Uses

ark alphabet The Ark Alphabet

aunt louisa Aunt Louisa's Nursery Favourite

beauty and the beast Beauty and the Beast

birds on the wing Birds on the Wing

british sports and game British Sports and Games

butterflys ball The Butterfly's Ball

Comic Alphabet The Comic Alphabet

comic insects Comic Insects

Curly locks Curly Locks

Four footed favourties Four Footed Favourites

jack and jill Jack and Jill

little girls visit A Little Girl's Visit to a Country Garden

little pussy cats The Little Pussy-Cats

miss mousers Miss Mouser's Tea Party

my first story My First Story-Book

no place like home No Place Like Home

old oak tree The Old Oak Tree

picture alphabet Picture Alphabet of Birds

pillar box The Pillar Box

routledges picture Routledge's Picture Gift-Book

shepherds dog The Shepherd's Dog

sick robin red The Sick Robin Redbreast

A Brief History of the George M. Fox Collection of Early Children’s Books


Exhibition Catalog


More About the Fox Collection

Selections from the George M. Fox Collection of Early Children's Books by Laura Wasowicz

Educate! Amuse! In Color! by Alastair Johnston

Early Children's Books by Ruth McGurk

McLoughlin Bros. at the American Antiquarian Society


McLoughlin Bros. at the U. of Southern Mississippi