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.

15 comments :

Amy said...

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

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victoria thorne said...

magnificent!

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@popdesign said...

wonderful selection! blogged at http://theanimalarium.blogspot.com/2009/08/sunday-safari.html

Suzana Elvas said...

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

Suzana

seu 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

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Pilland said...

Your report is very interesting indeed.
I invite You to see a great collection of views of borders (riigipiirid) in my Italian-Estonian site http://www.pillandia.blogspot.com
Helping text in 30 different languages too.
Best wishes from Italy!

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.

http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9780811868655-1

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