Sweet and Shorts: Randolph Caldecott

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 8.32.46 PMThis has been a week for the books. Literally and figuratively and wow.

Because look at that thing! The way to my heart is papered and printed, and my main squeeze knows a thing or two about that.

Randolph Caldecott. Come Lasses and Lads. London: George Routledge and Sons, [1884]. First edition, with this title listed as no. 13 of 14 on rear. 22 pages. Publisher’s wrappers with minor rubbing. Two-inch abraded scuff along top edge of rear cover, causing some lose of material. Upper corner lightly bumped, affecting textblock. Bookplate at rear. Color illustrations. Housed in a custom cloth chemise and slipcase. Very good. From the Collection of Judith Adelman.

It’s mine. I can hardly believe it! It is very, very good.

I am very, very speechless.

breaker Remember the Sassy board books? How about two new winners? They aren’t 1884 first editions, but I hope you will love them just the same.

Nick Patton and Susan Halko! Email me, and I’ll get these little sassy things out to you!

MoreToRead Lately on Design Mom: Red Knit Cap Girl and The Umbrella.

And if the sight of a Randolph Caldecott makes you long for January, the Calling Caldecott and Heavy Medal blogs are back!

I can’t get enough of my dear friend Danielle’s blog. You’ll love this post about Symphony City and the sounds around us.



  • Posted September 20, 2013 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    Ahhh! What beauty! What a wonderful gift!

  • Susan Halko
    Posted September 20, 2013 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Woohoo!!!! Thanks, Carter! I’ll email you right away.

  • Julie Falatko
    Posted September 20, 2013 at 7:21 am | Permalink


    Holy cow, this thing.

  • Posted September 20, 2013 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Wow. So jealous! What a gorgeous gift!

  • Posted September 20, 2013 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    (And special to me that you linked to my blog here too!)

  • Posted September 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Lucky, lucky you! Beautiful gift and the thought behind it is beautiful, too.

  • Posted September 20, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    love this illustration

  • Posted September 26, 2013 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Lucky you! I’ll bet that book smells beautiful!