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ROBINSON CRUSOE -  An English Graphical Bibliography 

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Frederick Warne and Co.
Frederick Warne was founded in 1865 by a bookseller turned publisher who gave his own name to the firm. The new venture replaced an earlier association between Warne and George Routledge, who also went on to found his own publishing company.

During the second half of the nineteenth century, Warne's firm built a reputation based upon its children's list, publishing illustrated books. Toward the end of the century, Frederick Warne retired and handed the management of the business over to his three sons, Harold, Fruing, and Norman.

Warne was among the six publishers to whom Beatrix Potter submitted her first book, the story of a rabbit called Peter. As did the other five, Warne turned the proposal down. People at the company changed their minds, however, when they saw the privately printed edition of the book in 1901. They offered to publish it if Potter redid the illustrations in color. The next year, Warne published The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and by Christmas had sold 20,000 copies. Thus began a forty-year partnership that saw the publication of twenty-two additional Little Books and the development of a flourishing merchandising program, the first of its kind based on a children's book.

Beatrix Potter was engaged to marry Norman Warne, her editor and the youngest of the three Warne brothers. However, he died in 1905, only a few weeks after their engagement. Harold, the eldest brother, took over as Potter's editor. She continued to produce one or two new Little Books each year for the next eight years until her marriage in 1913 to William Heelis. During the next few years Potter turned her attention to her farm work, but when the company fell on hard times and Harold was imprisoned for embezzlement, she came to the rescue with another new title to support "the old firm." Potter, who had no children, left the rights to her works to Warne upon her death. The company continued to publish them; it also brought out several biographical works about its most renowned author. Over the years, Warne also expanded its nonfiction publishing, issuing among others the world-famous Observer books, and the Wayside and Woodland series which dealt in depth with a range of plant and animal groups, most notably insects. Both series are now highly collectable.

In 1983, Frederick Warne was acquired by Penguin books. [from Wikipedia]

  1. []. Aunt Affable's Pretty Playbooks. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London : Frederick Warne and Co., no date  [inscribd 1874]

  2. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Now First Correctly Reprinted from the Original Text of 1719.. London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co., no date

  3. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner.. London ,: Frederick Warne and Co., no date  [inscribed 1870]  [The Family Gift Series is described as 'a cheap issue of popular books suitable for prizes and rewards'.]

  4. []. Robinson Crusoe. London, Frederick Warne and Co., nd

  5. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London, Frederick Warne and Co., 1868

  6. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London, Frederick Warne and Co., nd  [inscribed 1899]

  7. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London, Frederick Warne and Co., 1868

  8. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London, Frederick Warne and Co., 1869

  9. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London, Frederick Warne and Co.,1869

  10. cr[]. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London, Frederick Warne and Co.,nd
  11. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London, Frederick Warne and Co., nd

  12. cover titleThe Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Now first correctly reprinted from the original edition of 1719. London and New York, Frederick Warne and Co.,nd  [inscribed 1906]

  13. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe" with an Introduction, Glossary and Illustrations. London, Fredrick Warne And Co., nd

  14. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Now first correctly reprinted from the original edition of 1719. London and New York, Frederick Warne and Co.,nd

  15. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Now first correctly reprinted from the original edition of 1719. London and New York, Frederick Warne and Co., 1869

  16. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Now first correctly reprinted from the original edition of 1719. London and New York, Frederick Warne and Co., nd   [inscribed 1880]

  17. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Now first correctly reprinted from the original edition of 1719. London and New York, Frederick Warne and Co., nd 

  18.   []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London, Frederick Warne and Co., nd    [inscribed 1882]

  19. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London, Frederick Warne and Co., nd    [inscribed 1883]

  20. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London, Frederick Warne and Co., nd  

  21. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London and New York, Frederick Warne and Co., nd    [inscribed 1871]

  22. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London and New York, Frederick Warne and Co., nd 

  23. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London and New York, Frederick Warne and Co., nd    [inscribed 1876]

  24. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London and New York, Frederick Warne and Co., nd    [50]

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