The Sea Fairy
The Sea Fairy was a newsletter for the collector, dealer, curator and enthusiast of vintage illustrated books for children and young adults that was published from 2001 to 2011. The subject books dated mostly from 1800 to the 1930s, with an emphasis on rare and unusual works. It included biographies, bibliographies, research articles, notes on collections, many scans of illustrations (some in color), text excerpts, trip reports, reader contributions and current news in the genre.
A sampling of past subjects included: L. Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll, Chapbooks, Laura Ingalls Wilder, The History of Fairy Tales, N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Edward Lear, Dare Wright, Pirates in Literature, George Cruikshank, Ludwig Bemelmans, the Stratemeyer Syndicate, Beatrix Potter, W.W. Denslow, Science Fiction Authors, Wilderness Heroes, Christina Rossetti, St. Nicholas Magazine, Hans Christian Andersen, Illuminated Books, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Caldecott and Newbery Awards, Rudyard Kipling, Florence Upton, the Grimm Brothers, Kate Greenaway, Tasha Tudor, Bram Stoker, Dolls in Literature, J.R.R. Tolkien, Harrison Cady, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Walter Farley, Glen Rounds and many others.
The newsletter was edited by Liz Holderman who is also a staff writer for the online website WorthPoint.com. She is an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers and specializes in antiquarian and collectible book appraisals (http://sites.google.com/site/DallasBookAppraisals.)
Vintage Illustrative Art:
Top: It was something like a saloon railway carriage – it seemed to be all lined and carpeted with rich, mossy red velvet. "Are you comfortable?" inquired the cuckoo. 1917 illustration by Maria L. Kirk for The Cuckoo Clock by Mrs. Molesworth, which was first published in 1877.
Middle: Iris in a country garden / Politely said, "I beg your pardon, / But I’m from sunny France you see, / And my real name is Fleur-de-Lis". 1910 illustration by M.T. Ross for Flower Children by Elizabeth Gordon.
Bottom: The bird turned and flew quickly away, but the boy never let go, not even when they soared high into the air. 1901 illustration by H.J. Ford for "The Nunda, Eater of People" in The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang.
Library of Congress ISSN: 1932-801X.