Eric Stanley Quayle (1921–2001) was a noted British bibliophile, collector, historian and author. Over his lifetime he built up a substantial collection of books (16,000 volumes at the time of his death) and literary ephemera amongst which were materials by and about R. M. Ballantyne, the Victorian adventure story writer. Quayle's own work was mainly related to the themes of collecting books but he also produced a noted biography of Ballantyne (1967) and two books of folk tales: one of Cornish Tales (The Magic Ointment) and one of Japanese Tales (The Shining Princess). These were both illustrated by the prolific Michael Foreman.[1]

Quinton Quayle, the retired British diplomat, is one of Eric's children[2] as is Chrissy Quayle (The Mermaid of Zennor) the musician.[3]

Quayle died in a fall from the cliffs at Zennor Head near to his home, Carn Cobba, a house noted for its cliffside gardens.[4]

Books by Eric QuayleEdit

  • Ballantyne the brave: a Victorian writer and his family. London: Hart-Davis, 1967.
  • R. M. Ballantyne: a bibliography of first editions. London: Dawsons of Pall Mall, 1968.
  • The ruin of Sir Walter Scott. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1969.
  • The collector's book of books. New York: C.N. Potter; London: Studio Vista, 1971.
  • The collector's book of children's books. New York: C.N. Potter; distributed by Crown Publishers, 1971.
  • The collector's book of detective fiction. London: Studio Vista, 1972.
  • The collector's book of boys' stories. London: Studio Vista, 1973.
  • Old cook books: an illustrated history. New York: Dutton, 1978.
  • Early children's books: a collector's guide. Newton Abbot, Devon: David & Charles; Totowa, NJ: Barnes & Noble Books, 1983.
  • The magic ointment: and other Cornish legends. London: Andersen Press, 1986. Illustrated by Michael Foreman.
  • The little people's pageant of Cornish legends. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987. Illustrated by Michael Foreman.
  • The shining princess and other Japanese legends. New York: Arcade Publishing, 1989. Illustrated by Michael Foreman.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Zipes, Jack. (2006). The Oxford encyclopedia of children's literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  2. ^ A & C Black (2012). "QUAYLE, Quinton Mark". Who's Who 2012, online edition. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  3. ^ Sentinel Records: More songs about pasties and cream (Accessed June 2013)
  4. ^ BBC News (2001) Open verdict on author's death, Wednesday, 21 November