Decorative book heading, 1887
CATALOGUE OF BOOKS ILLUSTRATED OR
WRITTEN BY CRANE
The following list of books either written or illustrated by Crane was
compiled from entries in the British Museum Readers' Catalogue, Gertrude
Masse's A Bibliography of First Editions of Books Illustrated by Walter
Crane, 123, the catalogues of prints and drawings of the Victoria and
Albert Museum and The Art of Walter Crane, by C. F. Konody, 1902. The
British Museum catalogue was the final authority in cases of discrepancy
of dates. The present list does not claim to include every book illustrated
by Crane, but includes all the titles to which the author refers.
The New Forest, its History and Scenery by John R. Wise. 63 illustrations
drawn by Walter Crane, engraved by W. J. Linton, Smith and Elder, London.
Stories from Memel for the Young by Mrs. Agrees de Havilland (nee
Molesworth). Six full-page woodcut illustrations by Walter Crane, William
Hunt, London. Walter Crane designed between 40 and 50 toybooks for various
publishers between x865 and 1886. Frederick Warne's toybooks, of which
Crane designed six, were rapidly copied by George Routledge. The following
is a list of Warne's Sixpenny toybooks and Routledge's Sixpenny and Shilling
Toybooks, the latter printed by Edmund Evans and representing two-thirds
of Crane's work for them. The Sixpenny Toybooks were small, paperbound
books with eight pages of full-colour illustrations and text. The later
Shilling Toybooks were slightly larger with eight full-page illustrations;
the text was no longer incorporated but printed on separate sheets. These
books always had a double-page illustration in the centre. The quality
of colour showed a marked improvement in 1871 with King Luckieboy's Party
and again in 1875 with the Shilling Toybooks.
|| Sixpenny Toybooks published by Frederick Warne: Sing a Song of Sixpence,
Farmyard Alphabet, Cock Robin, The Railroad Alphabet, The House that Jack
Built, Dame Trot and her Comical Cat, and The Waddling Frog.
Sixpenny Toybooks published by George Routledge: Chattering Jack,
How Jessie was Lost, and 1, 2 Buckle My Shoe.
|| Further Sixpenny Toybooks by Routledge: The Old Courtier, Multiplication
Table in Verse, Grammar in Rhyme, and Annie and Jack in London.
The Magic of Kindness or The Wondrous story of the Good Huan by the
Brothers Mayhew. Eight full-page illustrations by Walter Crane, Cassell,
|| Sixpenny Toybooks published by George Routledge: King Luckieboy's Party,
This Little Pig Went to Market, The Fairy Ship, Old Mother Hubbard, My Mother,
The Forty Thieves, The Absurd ABC, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Valentine
and Orson, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, The Alphabet of Old Friends,
Baby's Own Alphabet, The Frog Prince, The Hind in the Wood and The Sleeping
|| Walter Crane's New Toybook, Routledge, London. Walter Crane's Picturebook,
Routledge, London. Both these books contained 64 pages of designs.
|| Shilling Toybooks published by George Routledge: Goody Two Shoes, Beauty
and the Beast, The Yellow Dwarf, Bluebeard, Princess Belle Etoile, and Aladdin.
|| Mrs. Mundi at Home, The Terrestrial Ball, 24 illustrations by Walter
Crane, Marcus Ward, London. Tell me a Story by Mrs. Molesworth, Macmillan,
|| The Quiver of Love: A Collection of Valentines Ancient and Modern
Eight colour illustrations from drawings by Walter Crane and Kate Greenaway,
Marcus Ward, London. Crane never considered these designs reproduced satisfactorily
since they were copied on a stone and lost much of their original character
in the lithographic process.
|| The Baby's Opera, A Book of Old Rhymes with New Dresses. The Music by
the Earliest Masters. Engraved and printed in colour by Edmund Evans, Routledge,
London. Bound between stiff glazed boards, and unique among the five-shilling
cloth-bound books with gold designs, this book's first edition of 10,000
was reprinted a second time. The Cuckoo Clock by Ennis Graham. Seven plates
drawn by Walter Crane, Macmillan, London.
The Baby's Bouquet, A Fresh Bunch of Old Rhymes and Tunes
Tunes collected and arranged by Lucy Crane and colour decorations by Walter
Crane. Printed by Edmund Evans, Marcus Ward, London. This volume was issued
the next Christmas as a companion work to The Baby's Opera. Grandmother
Dear: A Book for Boys and Girls by Mrs. Molesworth.
Illustrated with seven plates by Walter Crane, Macmillan, London.
The Tapestry Room. A Child's Romance by Mrs. Molesworth.
Illustrated with seven plates by Walter Crane, Macmillan, London.
The Necklace of Princess Fiorimunde and other Stories by Mary A. de
Morgan. Illustrations and cover by Walter Crane, Macmillan, London.
Mary A. de Morgan was the sister of William de Morgan, noted potter and
ceramic CATALOGUE OF BOOKS designer who had hitherto designed his sister's
|| The First of May, A Fairy Masque by J. R. Wise.
56 pencil designs by Walter Crane, printed by Goupil and Company, H. Southeran,
London. This lavish book, which took Crane three years to design, was his
second collaboration with J. R. Wise (cf. The New Forest, 1863). The Adventure
of Heir Baby by Mrs. Molesworth. Twelve illustrations by Walter Crane, Macmillan,
Household Stories from the Collection of the Brothers Grimm
Translated by Lucy Crane. Eleven full-page plates and 108 head and tailpieces,
Macmillan, London. Rosy by Mrs. Molesworth. Seven illustrations by Walter
Crane, Macmillan, London. Routledge's Christmas Number Stories by Mrs.
F. Locker, L. M. Alcott, R. M. Jephson and others, with illustrations
by R. Caldecott, Kate Greenaway, Walter Crane and others, Routledge, London.
|Pan Pipes. A Book of Old Songs Newly arranged and with accompaniments
by Theodore Marzials. Colour illustrations designed by Walter Crane, engraved
and printed by Edmund Evans, Routledge, London. Us. An Old Fashioned Story
by Mrs. Molesworth. Seven illustrations by Walter Crane, Macmillan, London.
||Christmas Tree Land by Mrs. Molesworth. Seven illustrations by Walter
Crane, Macmillan, London. Thoughts in a Hammock by Walter Crane.
Six full-page illustrations reproduced in The English Illustrated Magazine,
November 1884. The figure in a hammock at the top of page 86 is a portrait
of the artist. The Golden Primer by Prof. J. M. D. Meiklejohn, Parts 1 and
2, 2 volumes. 32, full-page colour illustrations by Walter Crane, Blackwood,
||Folk and Fairy Tales by Mrs. Burton Harrison. 24 illustrations by Walter
Crane, Ward and Downey, London. Slateandpencilvania: Being the Adventures
of Dick on a Desert Island 'Decyphered' by Walter Crane, Marcus Ward, London.
Little Queen Anne and Her Majesty's letters `Penned and Pictured' by Walter
Crane, Marcus Ward, London. Pothooks and Perseverance, or the ABC Serpent
`Penned and Pictured' by Walter Crane, Marcus Ward, London. These last three
books were also reissued in 1886 as a reprint under one cover called A Romance
of the Three R's.
||Baby's Own Aesop, Being the Fables Condensed in Rhyme Morals pictorially
painted by Walter Crane, engraved and printed by Edmund Evans, Routledge,
London. Baby's Own Aesop, The Baby's Opera and The Baby's Bouquet were reprinted
under one title, Triplets, in 1894 by Routledge. The Sirens Three, a poem
by Walter Crane. 41 pages of illustrations and decorative borders by Walter
Crane, Macmillan, London.
Originally this work was published in The English Illustrated Magazine,
April-September 1885, a periodical in which Crane published several poems.
He also designed various covers for it.
||Four Winds Farm by Mrs. Molesworth. Seven illustrations by Walter Crane,
Macmillan, London. Little Miss Peggy. Only a Nursery Story, by Mrs. Molesworth.
Twelve illustrations by Walter Crane, Macmillan, London. Legends for Lionel
in pen and pencil Text and colour illustrations by Walter Crane, Cassell,
London. Book Headings A set of printer's headings designed for Messrs R.
and R. Clark of Edinburgh. Echoes of Hellos: The Tale of Troy and The Story
of Orestes, from Homer and Aeschylus. Introductory essays and sonnets by
Professor George Warr. 82 red and black lithographed designs by Walter Crane,
Marcus Ward, London. A companion volume was issued as a pianoforte arrangement
to the music of the stage production, composed by Otto Goldschmidt, Malcolm
Lawson, Walter Parratt and Prof. W. H. Monk.
||The Happy Prince and Other Tales, by Oscar Wilde. Three full-page illustrations
by Walter Crane and decorative pieces by George J. A. Combhood, David Nutt,
London. A Christmas Child: A Sketch of a Boy's Life by Mrs. Molesworth.
Illustrations by Walter Crane, Macmillan, London. A Christmas Posy by Mrs.
Molesworth. Eight illustrations by Walter Crane, Macmillan, London.
||Flora's Feast: A Masque of Flowers 'Penned and Pictured' by Walter Crane
with 40 colour plates, Cassell, London. This book's popularity allowed Crane
to follow it with other flower books such as Queen Summer, 1891 and A Floral
fantasy, 1898 but Flora's Feast was the most successful.
The Rectory Children by Mrs. Molesworth. Seven illustrations by Walter Crane,
Macmillan, London. Walter Crane's Painting Book A book of reprinted designs
by Crane for children to colour, Routledge, London.
||The Children of the Castle by Mrs. Molesworth. Seven illustrations by
Walter Crane, Macmillan, London. The Turtle Dove's Nest and other Nursery
Rhymes Illustrations by Walter Crane and other artists, Routledge, London.
||Renascence: A Book of Verse by Walter Crane, with 39 line designs, reproduced
by Walker and Leverett, Elkin Mathews, London. This book contained The Sirens
Three with other poems, although not in facsimile. Queen Summer or The Tournament
of the Rose `Penned and Portrayed' by Walter Crane with 40 colour plates,
Cassell, London. The Triumph of Labour A woodcut by Crane reproduced by
Henry Sheu and published by Badoureau and Jones. Crane described this work
as 'the largest and most important single design of mine in woodcut', commemorating
Labour Day. Copies were made in Germany and the design was reissued in the
folio Cartoons for the Cause, 1896. William Morris believed this design
was the best work Crane had yet done.
||The Claims of Decorative Art by Walter Crane. 17 headpieces reproduced
in red on white, white on red, by Walter Crane, Lawrence and Bullen, London.
The red and white colour scheme was similar to Crane's ceramic designs produced
by Maw and Company. The book comprised essays for the revival of the arts
of design and handicraft. German and Dutch editions were printed. A Wonderbook
for Boys and Girls by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
60 designs including 19 full-page colour plates by Walter Crane, Osgood
and McIlvaine, London. These designs were completed while Crane lived in
a small cottage in Florida; hence the appearance of tropical flora and fauna
in the drawings. The Tempest by William Shakespeare. Eight designs by Walter
Crane, engraved and printed by Duncan C. Dallas, J. M. Dent, London.
||The Old Garden and Other Verses by Margaret Deland. Decorated throughout
in colours by Walter Crane, Osgood and McIlvaine, London.
||Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare Eight illustrations by
Walter Crane, engraved and printed by Duncan C. Dallas, J. M. Dent, London
(650 copies only). The Story of the Glittering Plain or The Land of Living
Men or The Acre of The Undying by William Morris. 23 illustrations by Walter
Crane and decorative borders by Morris, engraved in wood by A. Leverett,
Kelmscott Press. (The book was originally published without the Crane drawings,
which Crane felt were not Gothic enough to suit Morris.) The History of
Reynard the Fox: with some account of his family, friends and associates
A free rendering into verse of the translation made in the days of King
Edward the Fourth by W. Caxton from the Dutch prose version of the story
; with the addition of some particular matters not therein set down but
very needful to be known', by F. S. Ellis. Photo-zincotype devices by Walter
Crane, David Nutt, London (reissued in 1897). The Faerie Queen by Edmund
Spencer. Edited by Thomas J. Wise, with full-page illustrations, tailpieces
and initials by Walter Crane, George Allen, London. The book was originally
issued in nineteen parts, with individual wrappers also designed by Crane.
The Vision of Dante: A story for little children and a talk to their mothers
by Elizabeth Harrison. Illustrated with three plates by Walter Crane, The
Chicago Kindergarten College, Chicago, U.S.A.
||The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare. Eight designs by Walter
Crane, engraved and printed by Duncan C. Dallas, J. M. Dent,
London. Of the Decorative Illustration of Books Old and New by Walter Crane,
Bell, London. This book, designed entirely by Crane, is a survey of book
illustration from the medieval to the contemporary. The final chapter deals
with Crane's own theory of book design. Reprinted in 1973.
Cartoons for the Cause - A Souvenir of the International Socialist Workers
and Trades Union Congress Twelve full-page plates reproduced from drawings
by Walter Crane from the socialist periodicals justice, The Commonweal,
and The Clarion, published between 1886 and 1896.
||The Bases of Design by Walter Crane, George Bell, London. A series of
lectures addressed to the students of the Manchester Municipal School of
Art during the period when Crane was Director of Design. The Shepheard's
Calendar. `Twelve Aeglogues proportionable to the twelve months. Entitled
to the noble and virtuous gentlemen most worthy of all titles, both of Learning
and Chivalry: Maister Philip Sidney' by Edmund Spencer with twelve illustrations
and devices by Crane, Harper, London
||A Floral fantasy in an Old English Garden by Walter Crane. 46 full-page
colour plates printed by Edmund Evans, Harper and Brothers, London. (Plates
5 and 46 are drawn from Crane's own figure.) The Walter Crane Reader: First
and Second Primers by Nellie Dale. Title page and two full-page illustrations,
many small drawings in colour by Walter Crane, J. M. Dent, London.
||Line and Form by Walter Crane, George Bell, London. A student's guide
to Crane's theories of decorative art, using his sketches and drawings for
examples. Don Quixote of La Mancha Retold by Judge Parry with eleven full-page
colour plates, and nineteen half-page black and white designs by Walter
Crane, Blackie and Son, London.
||A Masque of Days from the Last Essays of Elia, by Charles Lamb. Newly
dressed and decorated by Walter Crane, with 40 colour plates and script
design, Cassell, London.
||Moot Points Friendly disputes on Art and Industry between Walter Crane
and Lewis F. Day, with caricatures by Crane, B. T. Batsford, London.
||A Flower Wedding described by Two Wallflowers by Walter Crane. 40 full-page
colour plates, Cassell, London.
||The Children's Plutarch. Plutarch's Lives told in simple language by E.
J. Gould, with six full-page illustrations by Crane, Watts and Company,
London. Flowers from Shakespeare's Garden, A Posy from the Plays
Illustrated in 40 colour plates by Walter Crane, Cassell, London.
||An Artist's Reminiscences by Walter Crane. 123 illustrations by the author,
Methuen, London. The Dale Readers Book II by Nellie Dale. Four full-page
pictures and several colour and black and white drawings by Walter Crane,
George Philip, London.
||The Rosebud and Other Tales by Arthur Kelly. Twenty full-page colour illustrations
by Walter Crane, T. Fisher Unwin, London.
||King Arthur's Knights: The Tales Retold for Boys and Girls by Henry Gilbert.
Sixteen full-page colour plates by Walter Crane, T. C. and E. C. Jack, Edinburgh.
William Morris to Whistler: Papers and Addresses on Art and Crafts and the
Commonweal. Illustrations by Walter Crane, George Bell, London.
||Robin Hood and the Men of the Greenwood by Henry Gilbert. Sixteen full-page
colour illustrations by Walter Crane, T. C. and E. C. Jack, Edinburgh.
||The Story of Greece told to Boys and Girls by Mary MacGregor. Nineteen
colour plates by Walter Crane, T. C. and E. C. Jack, Edinburgh.
The Knights of the Round Table by Henry Gilbert. Eight illustrations
in colour by Walter Crane, T. C. and E. C. Jack, Edinburgh. Robin Hood
and His Merry Men by Henry Gilbert. Eight illustrations in colour by Walter
Crane, T. C. and E. C. Jack, Edinburgh.
Taken from ‘Walter Crane as Book Illustrator’ by Rodney K.