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COLLECTION Identifier: TypDr 970.N605.08h

Peter Newell drawings and proofs for The hole book


Drawings and proofs of illustrations for The hole book, a children's book by American illustrator and author Peter Newell.


  • Creation: 1908

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

Drawings and proofs for the Harper & Brothers' 1908 edition of The hole book. Includes ink and gouache drawings for 22 of the 25 illustrations; mounted on board. Not present are the drawings for illustration 16 at p. 33 (image of the band), illustration 22 at p. 45 (image of Felix Fenno and his kite), and illustration 23 at p. 47 (image of the grocer boy and the bulldog). Also includes a proof of alternate cover design, which is not the cover finally adopted, a trial proof of the title page, in blue rather than the final color, orange, and a proof of plate for p. 11 (image of artist and painting).

Biographical / Historical

Peter Newell was an American illustrator and author of children's books, including Topsys and turvys and The slant book.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Proofs
  2. II. Final drawings

Immediate Source of Acquisition

PH-A119F. Bequest of Philip Hofer; received: 1984 November 9.

Newell, Peter, 1862-1924. Peter Newell drawings and proofs for The hole book, 1908: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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