Saturday, August 29, 2009

Kids Covers

Peeps into Zoo-Land

Queerie Queers with Hands, Wings and Claws

The Butterfly Ball

A Shadow Show

Object Teacher

Tit Tiny and Tittens the Three White Kittens

Chicken World

Our Airship ABC

Jack the Giant Killer

Mother McGrew and Daniel Donkey

Skeezix at the Circus

The Animals' Picnic

The Doggie's Promenade

The Remarkable Tale of a Whale

The Story of Snips

These scans of children's book covers were produced between 1860 and the 1920s and come from a wonderful compilation book:

'From Mother Goose to Dr Seuss: Children's Book Covers 1860-1960' by H Darling, 1999. There are a few more covers in the set.


Anonymous said...

Ah, these are fantastic. The rabbit's "quacky" shadow is especially choice.

Victoria Thorne said...


David Apatoff said...

I concur that the rabbit's "quacky" shadow is great, but for me that "Chicken World" cover is the truly extraordinary contribution. It could grace the wall of any modern art museum. I'm going to try to track the book down.

nickyskye said...

So wonderful!

peacay said...

$95 for you David.

Bridget said...

Fantastic! Yes "Chicken world" and the quacky rabbit are incredible but "Tit" is great too and the mouse more familiar but so charming, I'm going to look at the set...

Laura Ottina said...

wonderful selection! blogged at

Suzana Elvas said...

Your "Bibliodyssey" are in my Blog Day list.
Greetings from Brazil,


Unknown said...

These are fabulous! I too liked the "quacky rabbit" but Daniel Donkey is my fav. Wonderful blog

mathersa said...

Holy Smokes! This is a beautiful blog - I really love these old fashioned cover illustrations - there is so much style and quality wrapped up in these vintage pieces

David Apatoff said...

Peacay-- Yikes! And that's with missing pages and a loose spine.

lotusgreen said...

i too *loved* chicken book, and the whole thing is online here, david.

also skeezix was a real eye-opener!

Karla said...

A great collection... some of them for the art and design, some of them for their strange bits of unintended humor. Well, and some for both!

dot said...

Ha ha, there's a children's picture book that just came out earlier this year called "Duck! Rabbit!" that takes the concept of that shadow show cover just a little bit further.

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