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.
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