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Mary R. Bassett

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Mary and her Lamb, by Mary R Bassett (1911)
The Holiday, by Mary R Bassett

Mary R. Bassett was a late 19th and early 20th century illustrator of magazines and children's books.[1][page needed]

Career[edit | edit source]

Mary Robertson Bassett[2] illustrated magazines such as Ladies' Home Journal,[3] and children's books published by P. F. Volland Company, Baker & Taylor Company,[4][5] Grosset & Dunlap, and other publishers.

Reviewers noted that her work was "unusually attractive",[6], "charming",[7] "beautifully illustrated",[8] and "not only skilfully made, but also show a most appreciate feeling for the contents of the book."[9] School and Home Education wrote of her work in Fairy Operettas (1916), "The imagination of the reader is agreeably stimulated by the illustrations from the pens and brushes of Mary Robertson Bassett."[10]

Her illustrations are sold at auction.[11]

Selected works[edit | edit source]

  • Wells, Carolyn, and Mary R. Bassett. Marjorie's New Friend. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1909. OCLC 3411644
  • Freeman, Mary Eleanor Wilkins, and Mary R. Bassett. The Green Door. New York: Moffat, Yard and Company, 1910. OCLC 5327045[6]
  • Johnson, Clifton, and Mary R. Bassett. Little Folks' Book of Verse. New York: Baker & Taylor Co, 1911. OCLC 20809715[7][8][9]
  • Richards, Laura, and Mary Robertson Bassett. Fairy Operettas. Boston: Little, Brown, 1916. OCLC 5504251[2][12][13]
  • Croll, Pauline, and Mary R. Bassett. Just for You. Chicago: P.F. Volland Co, 1918. OCLC 610575342
  • Johnson, Clifton, Mary R. Bassett and Will Hammell. Poems My Children Love Best of All. New York: Lloyd Adams Noble, 1918. OCLC 21766715[14]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Shaw, John MacKay. Childhood in Poetry: The Forty-Year History of a Collection, 1929-1969. Tallahassee : Friends of the Library, Florida State University, 1970.

References[edit | edit source]


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  1. Shaw, John MacKay. Childhood in Poetry. Tallahassee: Friends of the Library, Florida State University, 1970.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Fairy operettas / by Laura E. Richards; with illustations by Mary Robertson Bassett". Hathi Trust Digital Library. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  3. "Ladies' Home Journal Magazine May 1908 "A Girl's Number"". Holidays. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  4. "BASSETT, MARY R. - American Illustrators Gallery". www.americanillustrators.com.
  5. Beverley Lamar; Bowker (1 October 1986). Fiction, Folklore, Fantasy and Poetry for Children, 1876-1985: Author Index, Illustrator Index, Title Index, Awards Index. R. R. Bowker LLC. ISBN 978-0-8352-1831-3.
  6. 6.0 6.1 ""The Green Door" by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman". The Indianapolis Star. 1 March 1911. p. 14, Col 6. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Another Lot of Books for Young Folks". Chicago Daily Tribune. 18 November 1911. p. 8. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Reviews of Children's Books". St Louis Post-Dispatch. St Louis, Missouri. 2 December 1911. p. 10. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Book Reviews. "Little Folks' Book of Verse."". Argus-Leader. Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 20 December 1911. p. 4. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  10. Gloriosus, Miles (January 1917). "Laura E. Richards: Fairy Operettas". School and Home Education. 36 (5): 146 – via Google Books.
  11. Mascolo, J. (8 December 2002). "January turns hot at Skinner sale". Boston Herald. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  12. Leafstedt, Carl S. (1999). Inside Bluebeard's Castle: Music and Drama in Bela Bartok's Opera. USA: Oxford University Press. p. 175. ISBN 9780195109993. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  13. Catalogue of Copyright Entries: Pamphlets, leaflets, contributions to newspapers or periodicals, etc.; lectures, sermons, addresses for oral delivery; dramatic compositions; maps; motion pictures. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1916. pp. 1228–.
  14. "Book Table". The Journal of Education. 87 (11 (2171)): 301. 1918. Retrieved 16 December 2018.



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