Hilda Boswell’s Treasury books

Front covers

Front covers

I haven’t posted for a while, so here’s two books. They are both Treasury books, by Hilda Boswell, published by Collins. On the left we have Hilda Boswell’s Treasury of Fairy Tales, published in 1962, and on the right, Hilda Boswell’s Treasury of Poetry, first published in 1968, but this is the revised 1978 edition.

I was given the Treasury of Poetry as a Christmas present in the early 1970s. I adored it – I read it over and over again. So much so that when I finally got around to replacing it a few weeks ago, I could remember pretty much every word and illustration. Here’s a small selection:

Clouds and rainbows

Clouds and rainbows

I love the lighting around the children on the left.

Illustrations from Hilda Boswell treasury

Mermaids and fairies

Many of Hilda’s illustrations feature little fairy/insect/flower hybrid creatures.

First page of The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies

First page of The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies

The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies is a traditional British folk song. There are several versions on Youtube including one by The Waterboys and a long entry about its history on Wikipedia.

Yesterday I came across The Treasury of Fairy Tales. I don’t remember having this book. It’s earlier, and you can see that her style is changing a bit and/or she’s using different media.

illustration from Tom Thumb

Tom Thumb

Illustration from The Wild Swans

Illustration from The Wild Swans

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty image

Sleeping Beauty

I can’t find much about Hilda Boswell other than a short Wikipedia entry: She was born in London in 1903 and died in 1976. She is also mentioned in the Wikipedia entry about Anne and Janet Grahame Johnstone. I’ve blogged about them before – and while their styles are different, they were working at more or less the same time and in the same genre. She is most known for illustrating Enid Blyton’s ‘Flower’ books in the 1940s and 1950s.

Back covers

Back covers

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2 thoughts on “Hilda Boswell’s Treasury books

  1. Tania says:

    I adored my copy of Hilda Boswell’s Treasury of Poetry as a tiny child and had the 1968 copy with a red cover. As it was so treasured, it has been tucked away “somewhere safe” and despite hours of searching I can’t find it! I have recently ordered the copy with a green cover to share with my little boy and I am really, really hoping that the contents and illustrations are identical in both?

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