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Kate Greenaway, British Illustrator of Children’s Books, Select Bibliography and Price Guide

Kate Greenaway (1846-1901), also known as Catherine, is one of the best known British illustrators of the nineteenth century, and the most renowned woman in her field at the time. Her work appeared principally in children's books during a period when the publishing and literary scenes were beginning to recognise the marketing potential of such books. She is remembered for illustrating characters in colourful costumes and her work is an important part of Victorian social history.

Kate Greenaway's early illustrations were for card maker Marcus Ward and Co. Her work featured on many greetings cards which are still sought after by collectors today.

Her illustrations appeared in books too, including some published by Marcus Ward and Co. But her first big commercial success came in 1878 when George Routledge and Sons published Under the Window. Kate's collaboration at this time with engraver and printer Edmund Evans led to them both becoming mainstays of the children's literature market during the 1880s and 1890s. So huge was Greenaway's impact that her work was still being published throughout the twentieth century, long after she died in 1901 at the age of fifty-five. She succumbed to breast cancer following a prolonged period of illness.

The latest first edition published book featuring Kate Greenaway illustrations was published in 2015: Classic Children's Tales: 150 Years of Frederick Warne. It is still available from bookshops and celebrates the history of the publisher.

In 1956, the Kate Greenaway Medal was awarded for the first time. The recipient, for his illustrations in Tim All Alone, was Edward Ardizzone. The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded to illustrators by librarians, for outstanding contributions to children's and young person's illustrated books. That it should have come into being over fifty years after Kate died is testament to the influence her work had during her lifetime and long after.

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Select Bibliography and Price Guide

Unless stated otherwise, prices are for UK first edition, first printing hardback books in very good condition. Some titles may have originally been published earlier with different illustrators. The prices here are for first editions with Greenaway illustrations. Most of Kate's books were published in illustrated cloth boards, without a dust jacket. There are also a number of calendars included.

All prices are for guidance only - further research is recommended as there are many variables which impact the value of second hand books, and editions can be hard to identify. It should be noted that signed copies of Kate Greenaway books usually sell for a significant premium, as do fine copies. In contrast there are significant price reductions for books in anything less than very good condition.

The following books all include illustrations by Kate Greenaway either exclusively or in association with other illustrators. Her early illustrations were not always signed or attributed. If you need values in US dollars, Euros or a host of other major currencies, a currency converter is included in the right hand sidebar of this page, and another in the footer area.

  • 1867 Infant Amusements, or How to Make a Nursery Happy by William Kingston, frontispiece by Kate Greenaway, first edition published by Griffith and Farran, £275
  • 1870 Aunt Louisa's Nursery Favourite, with chromolithograph illustrations, first edition published by Frederick Warne and Co, £500
  • 1871 Aunt Louisa's London Toy Books: Diamonds and Toads, first edition published by Frederick Warne and Co, £1,350
  • 1871 My School Days in Paris by Margaret S. Jeune, first edition published by Griffith and Farran, £150
  • 1874 The Children of the Parsonage by Aunt Cae (pseudonym of Henry Courtney Selous), first edition published by Griffith & Farran, £400
  • 1874 The Fairy Spinner by Miranda Hill, first edition published by Marcus Ward & Co, £400
  • 1875  A Cruise in the Acorn by Alice Jerrold (Mrs. Adolphe Smith), first edition published by Marcus Ward & Co, £400
  • 1875 Turnaside Cottage by Mary Clark, first edition published by Marcus Ward & Co, £375
  • 1875 Melcomb Manor: A Family Chronicle by Frederick Scarlett Potter, first edition published by Marcus Ward & Co, £190
  • 1875 Children’s Songs With Pictures and Music, first edition published by Marcus Ward & Co, £200
  • 1875 Puck and Blossom: A Fairy Tale by Rosa Mulholland, with chromolithograph illustrations, first edition published by Marcus Ward & Co, £375
  • 1875 Fairy Gifts; or A Wallet of Wonders by Kathleen Knox, first edition published by Griffith and Farran, £330
  • 1875 1876 Calendar of the Seasons, published by Marcus Ward & Co, £95
  • 1876 Seven Birthdays; or, The Children of Fortune by Kathleen Knox, first edition published by Griffith and Farran, £330
  • 1876 The Quiver of Love: A Collection of Valentines Ancient and Modern by various authors, illustrated by Kate Greenaway and Walter Crane, first edition published by Marcus Ward & Co, £350
  • 1876 Tom Seven Years Old by Rutherford Russell, first edition published by Marcus Ward & Co, £350
  • 1876 1877 Calendar of the Seasons, published by Marcus Ward & Co, £95
  • 1877 Starlight Stories Told to Bright Eyes and Listening Ears by Fanny LaBlanche, first edition published by Griffith and Farran, £300
  • 1878 Poor Nelly by Mrs Bonavia Hunt, first edition published by Cassell, Petter and Galpin, £350
  • 1878 Tupo: A Tale About English Children In Italy by G.E. Brunefille, first edition published by Marcus Ward & Co, £135
  • 1878 Under the Window with verse by Kate Greenaway, engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £350
  • 1879 Heartsease; or The Brother’s Wife by Charlotte Mary Yonge, first edition published by Macmillan, £125
  • 1879 The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte Mary Yonge, first edition published by Macmillan, £125
  • 1879 Amateur Theatricals by Walter Herries Pollock, part of the 'Art At Home' series, first edition published by Macmillan, £60
  • 1879 The “Little Folks” Nature Painting Book by George Weatherly, first edition published by Cassell, Petter and Gilpin, £375
  • 1879 The 'Little Folks' Painting Book by George Weatherly, first edition published by Cassell, Petter and Gilpin, £375
  • 1879 A Favorite Album of Fun and Fancy, first edition published by Cassell, Petter and Gilpin, £200
  • 1880 Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book For Children with words by Mrs. Sale Barker, engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £200
  • 1880 1881 Calendar of the Seasons, published by Marcus Ward & Co, £95
  • 1880 The Old Farm Gate, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £200
  • 1881 The Library by Andrew Lang, illustrations by Kate Greenaway and Walter Crane, first edition published by Macmillan & Co, £220
  • 1881 London Lyrics by Frederick Locker, illustrated by Randolf Caldecott and Kate Greenaway, first edition in this format published by Macmillan & Co, £350
  • 1881 Mother Goose, or the Old Nursery Rhymes, engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £300
  • 1881 A Day In A Child's Life with music by Myles Birket Foster, engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, in very good condition in a very good rare dust jacket, £1,900
  • 1881 1882 Calendar of the Seasons, published by Marcus Ward & Co, £95
  • 1882 1883 Almanac with pictorial boards but lacking original envelope (on average prices are three times as much when the original envelope is included), engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £230
  • 1882 Flowers and Fancies; Valentines Ancient and Modern by Montgomerie Ranking, first edition published by Marcus Ward & Co, £250
  • 1882 The Illustrated Children’s Birthday Book edited by F.E. Weatherly, illustrated by Kate Greenaway and others, first edition published by W. Mack, £165
  • 1883 Tales from the Edda by Helen Zimmern, first edition published by Swan Sonnenschein, £175
  • 1883 Little Ann and Other Poems by Jane & Ann Taylor, engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £160
  • 1883 1884 Almanac with pictorial wrappers but lacking original envelope (on average prices are three times as much when the original envelope is included), engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £230
  • 1884 Language of Flowers, engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £300
  • 1884 A Painting Book, engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £335
  • 1884 Songs for the Nursery: A Collection of Children’s Poems, Old and New, compiled by Robert Ellice, first edition published by W. Mack, £165
  • 1884 1885 Almanac with pictorial boards but lacking original envelope (on average prices are three times as much when the original envelope is included), engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £200
  • 1884 A Calendar of the Months, published by Marcus Ward Co, £140
  • 1884 Kate Greenaway's Calendar, engraved and colour illustrated by Edmund Evans, published by George Routledge & Sons, a set of four cards within a rare original envelope, £900
  • 1885 Marigold Garden: Pictures and Rhymes, engraved and colour illustrated by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £300
  • 1885 Kate Greenaway's Album, a limited printing of eight copies, engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £9,500
  • 1885 Kate Greenaway's Alphabet, a miniature book with card covers, engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £150
  • 1885 English Spelling Book by William Mavor, engraved and colour illustrated by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £140
  • 1885 Dame Wiggins of Lee and Her Seven Wonderful Cats, principally by a lady of ninety, edited by John Ruskin, first edition published by George Allen, £190
  • 1885 1886 Almanac with pictorial boards but lacking original envelope (on average prices are three times as much when the original envelope is included), engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £170
  • 1886 The Queen of the Pirate Isle by Bret Harte, engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by Chatto and Windus, £350
  • 1886 A Apple Pie: An Old-Fashioned Alphabet Book, engraved and colour illustrated by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £335
  • 1886 Rhymes for the Young Folk, first edition published by Cassell, £120
  • 1886 1887 Almanac with pictorial boards but lacking original envelope (on average prices are three times as much when the original envelope is included), engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £120
  • 1887 Rhymes for the Young Folk by William Allingham, illustrated by Kate Greenaway and others, engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by Cassell, £195
  • 1887 Queen Victoria's Jubilee Garland, engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, in pictorial wrappers, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £250
  • 1887 Baby's Birthday Book, first edition published by Marcus Ward & Co, £140
  • 1887 1888 Almanac with pictorial boards but lacking original envelope (on average prices are three times as much when the original envelope is included), engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £120
  • 1888 The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning, engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £165
  • 1888 1889 Almanac with pictorial boards but lacking original envelope (on average prices are three times as much when the original envelope is included), engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £165
  • 1889 The Royal Progress of King Pepito by Beatrice Cresswell, engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by The Society For Promoting Christian Knowledge, £170
  • 1889 Kate Greenaway's Book of Games, engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £330
  • 1889 1890 Almanac with pictorial boards but lacking original envelope (on average prices are three times as much when the original envelope is included), first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £120
  • 1890 1891 Almanac with pictorial boards but lacking original envelope (on average prices are three times as much when the original envelope is included), engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £120
  • 1891 1892 Almanac with pictorial boards but lacking original envelope (on average prices are three times as much when the original envelope is included), engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £120
  • 1892 1893 Almanac with pictorial boards but lacking original envelope (on average prices are three times as much when the original envelope is included), engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £120
  • 1893 1894 Almanac with pictorial boards but lacking original envelope (on average prices are three times as much when the original envelope is included), engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £120
  • 1894 1895 Almanac with pictorial boards but lacking original envelope (on average prices are three times as much when the original envelope is included), engraved and colour printed by Edmund Evans, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £120
  • 1896 1897 Almanac with leather binding but lacking original envelope (on average prices are three times as much when the original envelope is included), first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £675
  • 1897 Kate Greenaway's Calendar, published by George Routledge & Sons, £135
  • 1898 Calendar of the Seasons, published by Marcus Ward & Co, £95
  • 1899 Kate Greenaway's Calendar, published by George Routledge & Sons, £135
  • 1900 The April Baby's Book of Tunes by the author of 'Elizabeth and Her German Garden" (Mary Annette Beauchamp Russell (Arnim)), note: This book contained the first colour lithography printings of Kate Greenaway's work, first edition published by Macmillan, in a scarce very good condition dust jacket, £950
  • 1903 Littledom Castle and Other Tales by Mabel H. Spielmann, illustrated by Kate Greenaway and others, first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £250
  • 1908 De Libris Prose and Verse by Austin Dobson, illustrated by Kate Greenaway and others, first edition published by Macmillan, with original dust jacket in very good condition, £95
  • 1923 1924 Almanac with pictorial boards but lacking original envelope (on average prices are three times as much when the original envelope is included), first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £60
  • 1924 1925 Almanac with pictorial boards but lacking original envelope (on average prices are three times as much when the original envelope is included), first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £60
  • 1925 1926 Almanac with pictorial boards but lacking original envelope (on average prices are three times as much when the original envelope is included), first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £60
  • 1926 1927 Almanac with pictorial boards but lacking original envelope (on average prices are three times as much when the original envelope is included), first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £60
  • 1927 1928 Almanac with pictorial boards but lacking original envelope (on average prices are three times as much when the original envelope is included), first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £60
  • 1928 1929 Almanac with leather binding but lacking original envelope (on average prices are three times as much when the original envelope is included), first edition published by George Routledge & Sons, £60