A Complete Bibliography of titles released by Godwin's Juvenile Library and City Juvenile Library

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A Complete Bibliography of titles released by Godwin's Juvenile Library and City Juvenile Library

1.        Although most of these titles continued to have long production histories throughout the nineteenth century (both under the Godwins' imprints and those of other publishers), we have chosen to list only the first editions for the sake of clarity. Titles written pseudonymously by Godwin himself are indicated by bold type.

2.        Please note that several major titles were issued in two editions: a cheaply-bound, one-shilling edition for schools, and a more luxurious version costing over twice as much. Many of the titles listed below were small-sized (about 4" by 5"), one-shilling booklets advertised as "presents for youth of both sexes, under ten years of age."

  • 1802:

    • Scolfield, William [William Godwin]. Bible Stories. Memorable Acts of the Ancient Patriarchs, Judges, and Kings: Extracted From Their Original Historians. For the Use of Children. (NB, published by R. Philips for Benjamin Tabart).


  • 1805:

    • Baldwin, Edward, Esq. [William Godwin]. Fables Ancient and Modern. Adapted For The Use of Children from Three to Eight Years of Age.

    • Lamb, Charles. The King and Queen of Hearts.

    • Marcliffe, Theophilius [William Godwin]. The Looking-Glass: A True History of the Early Years of an Artist; Calculated to Awaken the Emulation of Young Persons of Both Sexes, in the Pursuit of Every Laudable Attainment, Particularly in the Cultivation of the Fine Arts.


  • 1806:

    • Anon. Little Woman and Her Dog.

    • Baldwin, Edward, Esq. [William Godwin]. Fables Anciennes et Modernes. Trans. Mary Jane Godwin.

    • Baldwin, Edward, Esq. [William Godwin]. The History of England. For the Use of Schools and Young Persons.

    • Baldwin, Edward, Esq. [William Godwin]. The Pantheon; or Ancient History of the Gods of Greece and Rome. Intended to Facilitate the Understanding of the Classical Authors, and of the Poets in General. For the Use of Schools, and Young Persons of Both Sexes. With Engravings of the Principal Gods, Chiefly Taken From the Remains of Ancient Statuary.

    • Marcliffe, Theophilius [William Godwin]. Life of Lady Jane Grey and of Lord Guilford Dudley, her Husband. This young Lady at Twelve Years of Age Understood Eight Languages, was for Nine Days Queen of England, and was Beheaded in the Tower in the Seventeenth Year of her Age, Being at that Time the Most Amiable and Accomplished Woman in Europe. (NB: the 1824 reissue lists Edward Baldwin as the author.)


  • 1807:

    • Anon, but likely Thomas Holcroft. Gaffer Gray.

    • Anon. Tom and His Cat: The Surprising History of a Good Boy.

    • Lamb, Charles and Mary Lamb. Tales From Shakespear. (NB: many of the tales were also released separately in chapbook form.)

    • Lamb, Charles and Mary Lamb. Mrs. Leicester's School.


  • 1808:

    • Anon, possibly John Taylor, but often attributed to Mary Godwin. Mounseer Nongtongpaw, or the Discoveries of John Bull in a Trip to Paris.

    • Lamb, Charles. Adventures of Ulysses.

    • Moore, Margaret, Countess Mountcashell. Stories of Old Daniel.


  • 1809:

    • Anon. Monsieur Tonson.

    • Anon. Dramas for Children. Imitated from the French of Jauffret. Trans. Mary Jane Godwin.

    • Baldwin, Edward, Esq. [William Godwin]. History of Rome: From the Building of the City to the Ruin of the Republic. Illustrated with Maps and Other Plates. For the Use of Schools and Young Persons.

    • Baldwin, Edward, Esq. [William Godwin]. Outlines of English History. (NB, An Abridgement of The History of England).

    • Dorset, Catherine. Think Before You Speak, or the Three Wishes.

    • Fenwick, Eliza. Lessons for Children.

    • Lamb, Charles and Mary Lamb. Poetry for Children.

    • Mylius, W.F. The Junior Class Book.

    • Mylius, W.F. The School Dictionary of the English Language.


  • 1810:

    • Baldwin, Edward, Esq. [William Godwin]. Outlines of English Grammar, Partly Abridged from Mr. Hazlitt's New and Improved Grammar of the English Language.

    • Hazlitt, William. A New and Improved Grammar of the English Tongue.

    • Mylius, W.F. The Poetical Class Book.


  • 1811:

    • Anon. Etrennes á la Jeunesse.

    • Anon. Leçons pour les Enfants.

    • Anon. Readings for Leisure Hours in Prose.

    • Anon. Readings for Leisure Hours in Verse.

    • Barnard, Caroline. (sometimes attributed to Mary Godwin). The Fisher Boy: Or, Worth in Humble Life.

    • Barnard, Caroline. (sometimes attributed to Mary Godwin). The Parent's Offering; Or, Tales for Children.

    • Defoe, Daniel. Colonel Jack: the History of a Boy That Never Went to School.

    • Fenwick, Eliza. Rays from the Rainbow.

    • Lamb, Charles. Beauty and the Beast.

    • Lamb, Charles. Prince Dorus.

    • Lefanu, Alicia. Rosara's Chain.

    • Lefebvre. Sollicitude d'une Mére

    • Mylius, W.F. First Book of Poetry.


  • 1814:

    • Wyss, Johann. The Family Robinson Crusoe. Trans. Mary Jane Godwin.


  • 1816:

    • Woodland, M. Bear and Forbear, 2nd ed. (NB, 1st edition was published by Tabart)

    • Woodland, M. Matilda Mortimer, or False Pride.


  • 1817:

    • Barbauld, Anna Laetitia. The Force of Example.

    • Barnard, Caroline. (sometimes attributed to Mary Godwin). The Prize: Or, the Lace-makers of Missenden.


  • 1820:

    • Moore, Margaret, Countess Mountcashell. Continuation of the Stories of Old Daniel.


  • 1821:

    • Baldwin, Edward, Esq. [William Godwin]. History of Greece: From the Earliest Records of That Country, to the Time in Which It Was Reduced into a Roman Province. Illustrated with Maps and Portraits. For the Use of Schools and Young Persons.



Published @ RC

July 2014