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Readers in the Cotsen Children's Library

Readers in the Cotsen Children's Library . Introductions by Andrea Immel. Illustrated throughout. Cloth, double-sided accordion folded (17 x 11 cm.), 46 pp. Princeton: Princeton University Library, 2005.

This special, lavishly illustrated volume was published to celebrate the 75th birthday of Mr. Lloyd E. Cotsen, the collector responsible for the library of over 70,000 books, manuscripts, artwork, toys, and ephemera held by Princeton University's Cotsen Childen's Library. Divided into two separate, but linked, sections illustrating studious children using books respectfully and properly on the one hand, and young ruffians and layabouts misusing the printed word, the book contains 26 full-color illustrations by well known illustrators such as Maurice Sendak, Jessie Wilcox Smith, Tom Seidmann-Freud, Edy Legrand, Adrien Marie, Edmund Dulac, Colin Thompson, Franziska Schenkel, Sergei Chekhonin, and more.

Designed by Mark Argetsinger, this accordion-folded book is available in both paperbound and clothbound formats. The extremely limited deluxe version is handsomely bound in purplish-blue cloth with title labels and comes wrapped in beautiful, high-quality Japanese paper. Andrea Immel,Curator of the Cotsen Children's Library, has provided separate introductions for the two sections.

All in all, this is a stunning volume of surprising, charming, and exciting illustrations that are sure to delight both the "good" and "bad" readers in everyone!