Woodcuts for Good Boys and Girls

Woodcuts for Good Boys and Girls by Brian Alderson. Published by the Fleece Press in 2021. Mini hardback. Condition: New. In the tenth letterpress miniature book, Brian Alderson writes about 680 blocks discovered 11 years ago in Devon. They had stayed together for over 250 years, many first being printed by John Newbery in St Paul’s Churchyard, around 1750, in the first illustrated children’s books.

Three other printers, Thomas Carnan, Samual Jewkes & Philip Norbury owned and augmented them. There are 10 prints made from the original blocks and the text is set in 8pt Van Dijck; pagination 60 pages, bound in a replica Dutch gilt paper.

Limited print run of 175 copies. 70mm x 70mm.


Brian Alderson


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Woodcuts for Good Boys and Girls Synopsis

A miniature book of eighteenth century illustrations from the very first children’s book ever made.

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About Brian Alderson

Brian Alderson (born 1930) is an author, translator, critic, and children’s book historian. He has translated fairy tales, is a contributor to Books for Keeps and was children’s books editor for The Times. He founded the Children’s Books History Society.

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Brian Alderson


John Newbery et al


Fleece Press




Miniature Book


First, Limited