Monday 7 February 2011

Robert Lumley

Are you related to the Ladybird illustrator Robert Lumley, or know anything about him - he is responsible for the illustrations for many of the Well Loved Tales - if you do know even the smallest of details then please get in touch.

Thank You!


Can you help - I am trying to find someone who believes they have a first edition of Bunnikin's Picnic Party so that I can compare issue points - so if you think you have a copy at home then please get in touch. Thanks

Monday 19 April 2010

Ladybird Issue Points Booklet to be Published

The Wee Web will be publishing an Issue Point guide for Ladybird books originally produced in dust-jackets. This guide should be available from August 2010. To reserve a copy please email:

Sunday 11 January 2009

The Original Prices of Ladybird Books

As with tally numbers you can also date your book to an approx year by looking at the original price on the book.

In 1965 when matt editions first appeared the original price on the books was 2'6 Net - this price continued for the next 6 years when in February 1971 prices changed due to decimalisation. some books from
February 1971 until May 1971 can therefore be found to have two prices, 2'6 and 121/2 pence.

The table below shows the prices for each year

Price Date
2,6 Net 1965 - February 1971
2/6 Net 121/2p February 1971 - May 1971
15p 1 June 1971 - 30 April
18p 1 May 1974 - 15 June 1975
24p 16 June 1975 - 10 January 1978
30p 11 January 1978 - 24 June 1979
40p 25 June 1979 - 31 December 1980
50p 1 January 1981 - 30 June 1982
60p 1 July 1982 - 31 December 1983
70p 1 January 1984 - 31 December 1985
75p 1 January 1985 - 31 December 1986
85p 1 January 1987 - 31 December 1987
90p 1 January 1988 - 31 December 1988
99p From January 1 1989

Friday 21 September 2007

Ladybird vintage website goes live

Ladybird have launched there new website for lovers of vintage Ladybird books. Please visit this fantastic site:

Wednesday 15 August 2007

Ladybird books FIRST EDITION Identifier

Through my website I receive hundreds of email enquiries every month, a lot of which are people asking how they can determine if their Ladybird books are first editions or not.

When The Wee Web was in it's infancy I used to have the time to personally answer these individual enquiries, but with the amount of emails I receive these days it is no longer possible for me to do so.

So recently I decided to create a page on my website, that not only is a guide on how to date your editions, but also has an input box that allows you to enter the title of your Ladybird book which then returns the first edition issue points for that particular title. A very handy service for Ladybird collectors, booksellers etc . . . and long overdue.

To find out if your Ladybird book is a first edition or not please visit:

PLEASE NOTE - The first edition identifier is only for Ladybird books published between 1940 and 1980.

The first edition identifier is reasonably new to my website so not all information is available for every title - about 60% of all titles have been entered and I am continually working towards finishing it.


Do you know anything about these Ladybird people?

I am looking for any information on the following Ladybird people:

Vera Southgate - author of the first 27 Well Loved Tales (series 606d)
Eric Winter - illustrator of some of the Well Loved Tales and other titles
Muriel Levy - author of the 'Wonk' titles and others
A J Macgregor - author & illustrator of the first 18 titles in series 401
William Hepworth - partner and original owner of Ladybird books
Henry Wills - founder, partner and original owner of Ladybird books

Any help would be very much appreciated,