Picture Books


Picture books signed by Richard Andre are written and illustrated by him. If you find any in your attic you should know, they may be worth several hundred dollars each (depending on condition).

Around the World with Santa Claus

This picture book was published by McLaughlin Bros., inc, in New York in 1891. It has interesting shape of leaves (cut on the top, seen as black part on the top and in some cases by the side of the scans in the images bellow), but otherwise presents standard quality of color printing for those times.

Around the World with Santa Claus is presented with full images, with an addition of text written after each scan to provide better readability.

Come if you wish to join us, jump quickly in the sleigh;
Our Reindeer Team is ready, and we'll soon be under way:
Around the world with Santa Claus we're going to take our flight,
At speed that will beat Nellie Bly completely out of sight.

Though we may travel well enough
On dry land with a team,
When we wish to cross the ocean
We have to take to steam.
Old Santa much enjoys the trip,
And says there's nothing finer
than to sniff the breeze upon the deek
Of a crack Atlantic "Liner."

The voyage o'er without mishap,
We land in Britain' Isle,
And take a cab, on top of which
Our trunks and traps we pile;
The jolly street boys Santa spy,
And give him lots of chaff,
But at that game he's quite their match,
And on them turns the laugh.

For those who love good feeding, here's a sight that's very jolly-
Plum-pudding most delicious, and Boar's-head decked with holly;
Of old in Merrie England, they were borne on Christmas Day,
Unto the Castle table, in this stately, pompous way,
The quests, no doubt, delayed not to clear them from the plate,
For good things tasted then as well as at the present date.

Christmas Mummers:

"Come bring with a noise,
My merrie, merrie boys,
the Christmas
los to the firing:"

Christmas Waits:

"God rest you, merrie gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay-"

- Old Carol -

:Under the Misletoe:

In the frosty land of Norway, folks fasten to their feet
Long wooden skates called skees, with which they travel very fleet;
So Santa and his party put on a pair of these,
And down the icy hill-sides dart through the wintry breeze.

:With the Compliments of the Season:

To the ever frozen regions of the Northern Frigid zone,
To the home of the Seal and Walrus and the Esquimau we0ve flown;
But though this chilly atmosphere may suit the Polar Bear,
We think that for our own part we prefer a milder air,
so not very much extended will be our visit there,
And we soon shall take departure for a climate not so drear.

A scene this is in Germany: upon the left appears
Black Rupert, a grim fiend whom every youngster fears,
Beside him i the Christ-child, arrayed in garments white,
While St. Peter, with his keys in hand, stands forth upon the right,
In the centre is St Nicholas, the Bishop kind and good
Who's the friend of all young people that behave just as they should.

To every house the party comes on Christmas Eve to hear
How all the little boys and girls have acted through the year,
For those who've not been naughty, nor parents cause to grieve,
Upon the lighted Christmas-tree they pretty presents leave,
But those of whose behavior they get a bad report,
Receive a gift from Rupert, not of a pleasant sort.

On Christmas Eve in Holland, through the queer old peak-roofed towns,
St. Nicholas the kindhearted on a donkey goes his rounds,
With nice presents in his basket for each obedient child,
And a switch to whip the naughty ones who have been bad and wild.

A new brother or new-sister the children there are taught,
By the Stork, a funny long-legged bird has to the house been brought,
And of course it always causes a more intense delight,
If his Storkship brings the stranger as a gift on Christmas night.


This tableau forms in Italy's clime
A favorite pageant at Christmas-time.
The crib is shown of the holy Child,
With his mother, Mary, and Joseph mild;

Shepherds adore, and Angels above
Chant their message of peace and love,
While Bethlehem's Star sends down its ray
To guide the Wise Men in their way.

O'er the lonely, sterile wastes of Arabia's desert land,
No beasts except the Camels can travel through the sand;
So Santa Claus upon their backs bestows his precious freight,
Then climbs aloft himself and rides along in solemn state.

To have it warm at Christmas, to us seem very queer,
But in Australian lands that is the warmest time of year:
Santa can't get Reindeer here, so the only thing to do,
Is to travel round upon the back of a bounding Kangaroo.

Canoeing is exciting when the stream is wild and rough,
And Santa looks as if he thought he'd had about enough;
He wears, you see, an aspect of great comfort and relief,
When he seats himself to smoke a pipe with the friendly Indian Chief.

We are now in California, and pause to have a sight
Of the trees that are so famous for their monstrous girth and height.
As we pass in grand procession, our pets may be inspected:
A very happy family, indeed, we have collected.
They behave toward each other in a style polite and pleasing -
That is all except the Parrots, who are quite too fond of teasing.

Our journey o'er, we enjoy a feast with Santa as the host,
And wind up the festivities with this most filling toast: -
"Here's a health to Santa Claus, the friend of girls and boys;
May his heart be ever full of mirth - his pack be full of toys!"

Beauty and the Beast

Dean's New Pantomime Toy Books was a series of books published by Dean & Son in London around 1880. These books were made of folded sheets of paper where foldings led to changes in the presented scene. The particular book presented here was made by Andre Richard (uncredited) and chromolithographed by Emrik & Binger.

Richard supposedly adapted the text and made the pictures. The idea was to create a picture book as a base of home theatre play - with children, toys, silhouettes, or any other approach. Let's see how the project pan out.

We have a merchant and three girls. They are all his daughters but two are spoiled and jealous and one is gentle and kind. They are all beautiful, yet the youngest one is prettier than others. Everybody called her Beauty. In the scene, we see a merchant who is leaving his home. He is asking his daughters about the presents she should bring to them.

The elder girls are full of ideas. They want precious stuff like clothes, jewelry, perfumes, ... Beauty, on the other hand, doesn't want anything. Her only wish is to see her father returning home as soon as possible. His health and safety are her only concerns. After a while, when the merchant insists, she finds another wish. She would like to have a rose.

The merchant is returning home. His travel wasn't a success. He didn't earn as much as he hoped. He didn't even get a rose for Beauty. It seems he lost his way too. Scary trees are all around him. Life is no good for him at the moment.

Somehow he lost a camel too. This business trave looks like a complete disaster. The merchant is tired and angry. Will he be forced to spend the night in this dangerous wood?

Then he saw a splendid palace. Maybe he didn't run out of luck after all. However, the place looks strange. It's empty. Comfortable and hospitable, with plenty of food, but without any servants. Merchant has no idea who supposed to live here.

He was already on his way out when he saw a bush of roses. Yes, his luck definitely changed. Now he could bring a rose to his beloved Beauty!

His happy thoughts were short-lived. A Beast came after him, a giant bear accusing him of abusing the hospitality of the palace. Freed food and sleep weren't enough, huh? He had to steal roses too? Is this the way to pay for nice gestures?

The Beast demands a merchant's life. But he gives him a chance to return home and say goodby to his family. Then he has to return. Or, if another family member is willing to replace the merchant's position, this member should return instead.

Beauty felt guilty. She was the one who wanted the rose and it looks this rose could be fatal. She loves her father and is happy to go into the palace instead of him. Nothing can change her mind. So she went there. The palace charmed her immediately.

She was scared of the Beast, though. Yet, he was very nice. He offered her all kinds of presents and they had long pleasant talks. Beauty and the Beast became kind of friends despite her being his prisoner. It seems the Beast feels even more - he asked her if she would marry him!

Beauty said no and he asked her the same question every evening. She persisted. Friends yes, husband and wife no.

Time passed and the magic mirror showed that Beauty's father is seriously ill. He longed for his daughter just like she longed for him. Beauty asked the Beast for permission to visit her dying father. He said yes but gave her a warning. She must be back in no more than 30 days. Otherwise, he'll die.

She promised that yet her sisters who found how well she is doing tried to stop her. So Beauty returned later than intended.

She found the Beast completely exhausted on the floor. He was barely breathing. While she helped her father to regain his health the Beast lost his. At this very moment, she realized how important the Beast became to her.

Beauty started nurturing the Beast. She promised him she'll marry him when he recovers. And he immediately felt better. Not only better, but he also started to transform. Soon he didn't look like a bear anymore. He became a very handsome prince.

Beauty discovered he was under the spell of a very vicious fairy. He was cursed to remain as the Beast until he finds a girl who is willing to love him despite his scary image. And he made it!

The marriage was spectacular. Beauty's family was invited too, of course. But only her father, who moved to the palace, remained in his human form. Both sisters who couldn't stand Beauty's happiness were transformed into stone statues, convicted to look at their sister's cheer forever.

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Mother Goose ABC

A picture book titled Mother Goose ABC was illustrated by Richard Andre and published by McLoughlin Bros Inc. in New York in 1891. It was printed in then already well-known chromolitographic technique.

Mother Goose ABC is a typical picture book with 16 color pages (covers included), what proved to be the most profitable format in the history of publishing of children's literature. It offers low production cost and affordable price for the buyer. Majority of texts were not original (no expense for writers) and the same illustrations were often used in several different publications (lower cost for publishers).

We'll present each page at the accessible quality with an addition of text which is unfortunately not always readable:

A / B

A little boy went into a barn,
And lay down on some hay;
An owl came out and flew about,
And the little boy ran away.

Bye, baby, bunting,
Daddy's gone a-hunting,
To get a little rabbit skin,
To wrap his baby bunt-
ing in.

C / D

Cock a doodle do!
My dame has lost
her shoe;
My master's lost his
fiddle stick,
And don't know what
to do.

Ding, dong, bell, Pussy's in the well.
Who put her in? Little Tommy Greer.
Who pulled her out? Little Tommy Trout.
What a naughty boy was that,
To drown poor Pussy Cat,
Who never did any harm,
But killed the mice in his father's barn.

E / F

Eggs, butter, cheese, bread,
Stick, stock, stone, dead,
Stick him up, stick him down,
Stick him in the old man's crown.

Fa, Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum,
I smell the blood of an Englishman!
Be he live, or be he dead,
I'll grind his bones to make me bread!

G / H

Goosey, goosey, gander, whither shall I wander?
Up stairs and down stairs, and in my lady's chamber.
There I met an old man, who would not say his prayers;
I took him by the left leg, and threw him down stairs.

Hark! hark!  the dogs do bark,
The beggars have come to town;
Some in rags and some in tags,
And some in velvet gowns.

I / J

I had a little husband, no bigger than my thumb;
I put him in a pint-pot, and there  I bid him drum.

Jack and Jill wen up the hill,
To fetch a pail of water;
Jack fell down, and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.

K / L

A Kitten once to its mother said,
"I'll never more be good;
But I'll go and be a robber fierce,
And live in a dreary wood,
Wood, wood, wood,
And live in a dreary wood."

Little Jack Horner sat in a corner,
Eating a Christmas pie;
He put his thumb and he took out a plum,
And said, "What a good boy am I!"

M / N

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
Silver bells and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

The North wind cloth blow,
And we shall have snow,
And what will poor robin do then?
He will hop to a barn,
And to keep himself warm,
Will hide his head under his wing,
Poor thing.

O / P

Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he;
And he called for his pipe,
And he called for his bowl,
And he called for his fiddlers three.

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man,
So I ill, master, as fast as I can;
Pat it and prick it, and mark it with P,
And put in the oven for Baby and me.

Q / R

The Queen of Hearts
She made some tarts,
All on a summer day.
The Knave of Hearts,
He stole the tarts,
And with them he ran away.

Ride a Cock-horse to Banburry Cross,
To see and old woman ride on a brown horse;
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
She shall have music wherever she goes.

S / T

Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye;
Four-and-twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing;
Was not that a dainty dish,
To set before the king?

Tom, Tom, the piper's son,
Stole a pig and away he run;
The pig was eat, and Tom was beat,
And Tom ran crying down the street.

U / V

Upon my word and honor,
As I went up to Bonner,
I met a pig,
Without a wig,
Upon my word and honor.

V and I together meet
And make the number six complete;
When I with V doth meet once more,
'Tis then the two can make but four.

W / T

Wooley Foster has gone to sea,
with silver buckles and his knees;
When he comes back he'll marry me-
Bonny Wooley Foster!

X Y Z came after tea
And joined the Mother Goose A B C.


Cinderella by Richard Andre follows the basic story by Charles Perrault. It is simplified in several areas:

- her father is a poor nobleman, which somehow explains his urge to marry a rich, yet an unkind woman with two bad-tempered daughters,
- Cinderella's stepmother is present only at the beginning of the story (just like the father), so conflicts occur only among Cinderella and her stepsisters,
- at the very beginning, we are informed that Cinderella was raised by her fairy godmother

We are introduced to all the major characters at first. Cinderella is beautiful and nice, other women are vain and mean. Cinderella's father still loves her but doesn't notice any problem in his own house. We also hear about the king's son who is old enough to marry. He throws a ball where he expects to meet his future wife and future queen of the country. Cinderella's stepsisters spend all available time for preparations and she helps them because she has the taste (and they don't).

Stepsisters mock Cinderella's appearance. She is definitely not dressed for the ball at the king's palace!

When the stepsisters leave, she starts crying. But then the fairy godmother comes and gives here everything a future queen needs:
- a luxurious carriage made of pumpkin,
- six beautiful horses made of mice,
- a grander coachman made of a rat,
- six tall footmen made of lizards,
- amazing gown made of Cinderella's rags.

The ball was a total success.

But Cinderella had to leave before midnight when the magic fades.

She returns home and waits for her stepsisters. They both talked about the mysterious princess who over-shined everybody else at the ball. Nobody recognized Cinderella.

The next night there was another ball in the castle. The story with the magic repeated.

And there was a third night with one more dance again. Prince had eyes for Cinderella only. Yet she left at midnight again.

The prince declared he want to marry the girl whose foot will fit the slipper. Every girl in the kingdom should try it.

Many did. None of them could put it on.

That includes Cinderella's sisters as well.

Then the Cinderella in her 'poor looking girl in the rags' looks asks if she may try it too.

This book was published by McLoughlin Bros, New York, between 1885 and 1890 in the so-called Little folks' series.