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Guildhall Library

The impact of good stories can last for years. Visit the Guildhall Library to see a child's storybook that has lasted nearly 200.


Letitia Elley was eight years old when she was gifted a tiny book by her mother in 1824. Letitia grew up to run a 'toy warehouse in Hatton Garden'. The book included two stories: 'The history of Whittington and his cat' and 'The history of Goody Two Shoes'. The book was priced at six pence and is inscribed "Letitia Elley this book given to me by my mother 1824".

This is just one item from the Dick Whittington Collection bequeathed to Guildhall Library in 2016 by the American collector Ellery Yale Wood. With material from the 17th to the 20th centuries, the collection was the finest private Whittington collection in the world.

Tiny book 'The History of Whittington'
See one of the most famous of London characters, Dick Whittington, in a tiny book bequeathed to the Guildhall Library in 2016 © City of London Corporation


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