134A: Burgundy tooled leather children’s storybook set sold w encyclopedia 1950s

The books were regular sized, approximately 8.5 x 11″ and were numbered. Maybe 8 to 12 of them? Illustrations were art deco or art nouveau (I get them confused). Not lots of vivid colors. Heavy black lines/white/gray/yellow/rose colors. Each book had stories and poems. I am not positive that they came with a set of encyclopedias, but that is my general recollection. I could have been World Book or Encyclopaedia Britannica, since we acquired both around the same time. Any ideas?

17 thoughts on “134A: Burgundy tooled leather children’s storybook set sold w encyclopedia 1950s

  1. Could it be the Grolier Book of Knowledge series? The ones I had back in the sixties had cream and burgundy binding with gold lettering, and I believe they were part of the Grolier encyclopedia set we got back then (not actually in the set but maybe sold as an add-on.)

  2. I think you are right that it has to do with Book of Knowledge. Thank you. I also think these books were an auxiliary set of storybooks that came with the set of encyclopedias. They were children’s stories and poems/nursery rhymes. I think the year was mid to late 1950s. If anyone can help me find them, I would be extremely grateful!

  3. I found them!! So they probably weren’t sold with a set of encyclopedias. The name of the set is “Book Trails” and it has 8 volumes. Red leatherette hard cover embossed with a knight on steed on each cover.

  4. These sound very much like a set of books we got in the the 1950’s along with the Encyclopedia Americana. But I’m pretty sure there were 12 books in our set. I remember Volume 1 was for very small children, and Volume 7 (I think) was mysteries. It included a wonderful mystery story about two boys visiting Dartmoor (with illustrations by Henry Pitz), which I used to read over and over. Also a rather terrifying story called “Miss Hinch.”

  5. OMG. I’ve been searching for these for years!!
    I think Arthur Rackham and Gustav Tenggren must have illustrated some of these or very similar illustrations. And there was a story about how toys could talk one day a year?

  6. I have been looking for this set also,,,they had the most beautiful pictures and had stories of fairies, brownies, and mermaids. There were other stories too,,each book had a topic. I would love to find them again and buy the set.

    • YES.I LOVED THE BOOKS SO MUCH i STARTED READING AT THREE YEARS OLD AND I REMEMBER THE ENCYCLOPEDIA MAN CAME OVER TO OUR HOUSE AND I REMEMBER MY MOM BOUGHT THE RED TOOLED LEATHER BOOKS I GUESS WHEN SHE BOUGHT THE ENCYCLOPEDIA BOOK BOOKS WHICH WERE DARK BROWN LEATHER I GUESS THEY ADDED THE CHILDREN’S BOOKS PLUS A BOOK SHELF TO GO WITH THE BOOKS.ONE OF THE CHILDREN’S BOOK HAD A PICTURE OF LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD WHICH WAS IN COLOR, WHICH WAS THE FAIRY TALE BOOK.PLEASE ME IF YOU KNOW WHERE I COULD BUY THEM. I OFTEN THINK OF THESE BOOKS. THE ONES WERE GIVEN TO GOODWILL.

      • I know this is an older post, but please! If anyone gives you more info, please reply here again. I long to read these little gems once again.

        • I have a 10 book set of groiler classic short stories. The first book is all Fairy Tales and the last one is poetry. There is an animal book with stories all about animals….I still have these if interested.

  7. Book Trails – the set – is the reason I am still an addict of book reading and just holding a hefty book brings me peace. Several years ago I spotted a used set – of course – and didn’t buy it and should have – and now can’t find another…want to give a set to my great-grandchildren before I leave the planet!! If anyone sees this and stumbles upon another set in not too shabby condition, please let me know?? Thank you so much!!

  8. Looking for old 50s childrens encyclopedias..stories incuded a story about Duncan, a story about visiting the zoo with alphabet letters , a train story with mrs snodgrass..many other beautifully illustrated stories…i think they were Brown, leather bound, and there were 2 editions

  9. I’m looking for a similar series of books. Here are as many facts I can supply:
    Red hard covers. 10+ volumes. Each volume was dedicated to a certain age group. Not many colors inside but the binder had small color illustrations. The series was sold with a set of ecyclopedias and a small two shelf bookcase, walnut maybe? One of books had “The Five Chinese Brothers”. Another included how to do trick photography. Gosh I wish I could remember more. Oh, yes-sold door to door in the late Fifties to early Sixties. Please help me track these down!

    • I am positive about this, since I still have the Book Trails set; they were my first books. They came with Britannica Encyclopedias, and there were 8 volumes. They progressed from Volume 1 entitled, “Baby Feet,” with nursery rhymes and short, short stories; all the way through the 8th volume, which was intended for kids 10-12 years old (I think it’s “Adventures in Storyland”). Contrary to another comment in this thread, these books had many pages with beautiful, bright, bold illustrations of many colors, which drew my attention as a very small child. What a great set of books.

      I am sad to say, as I got out Volume 1 the other day to give to my middle son’s first baby, I discovered that it has developed “foxxing” on about 50% of the pages. Not sure I’ll be able to afford to get that removed, and I haven’t looked at the rest of them yet.

      • I remember now; the 8th Volume is “On the High Road to Adventure!” I can post all the titles tomorrow; I’m at work right now. (Woops!)

  10. Not sure whether this is relevant for the OP but the children’s set sold with the Encyclopedia Americana was called The Bookshelf for Boys and Girls and is a dark red 10 volume set published by the University Society. it includes volumes on stories, poems, fairy tales,art, and activities.

  11. Haha. When I got them out again, I see there are two in each level . Two each for Baby Feet; Through the Wildwood; Enchanted Lands; and On the High Road to Adventure. Love them!

  12. My grandparents, in the 50’s, had a set of 12, I think, of nursery rhythms, stories and one volume was of songs with the music. This set was sold along with encyclopedias.

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