Illustrated Borders In Golden Age Children’s Books

The Wonder Book For Children by arious authors and artists, Odhams Press Limited, London, early 1900's
The Wonder Book For Children by arious authors and artists, Odhams Press Limited, London, early 1900’s
Uncle Mac's Children's Hour Story Book Ed. Derek McCulloch, Various authors and artists London 1947 border
Uncle Mac’s Children’s Hour Story Book Ed. Derek McCulloch, Various authors and artists London 1947
The Puffin Book Of Nursery Rhymes,  Iona and Peter Opie, Ill. Pauline Baynes (Penguin Books Ltd, 1963)
The Puffin Book Of Nursery Rhymes, Iona and Peter Opie, Ill. Pauline Baynes (Penguin Books Ltd, 1963)
The Puffin Book Of Nursery Rhymes,  Iona and Peter Opie, Ill. Pauline Baynes (Penguin Books Ltd, 1963) frontispiece
The Puffin Book Of Nursery Rhymes, Iona and Peter Opie, Ill. Pauline Baynes (Penguin Books Ltd, 1963) frontispiece
Great Grandmother Goose by Helen Cooper, illustrated by Krystyna Turska, Hamish Hamilton, London 1978 cover
Great Grandmother Goose by Helen Cooper, illustrated by Krystyna Turska, Hamish Hamilton, London 1978 cover
Margaret Rice Oxley (1888-1968) 'When You Do Dance I Wish You A Wave O’ the Sea'
Margaret Rice Oxley (1888-1968) ‘When You Do Dance I Wish You A Wave O’ the Sea’
Harper's Bazar - Easter edition (New York City, late 19th-century)
Harper’s Bazar – Easter edition (New York City, late 19th-century). The symmetrical borders of children’s books are often reminiscent of Art Nouveau.
A 1901 advertisement for Parfumerie Violet by Louis Théophile Hingre
A 1901 advertisement for Parfumerie Violet by Louis Théophile Hingre
John Lewis Childs Floral Park Queens N.Y. flower catalog, 1890
John Lewis Childs Floral Park Queens N.Y. flower catalog, 1890
Slovenly Peter, or, Cheerful stories and funny pictures for good little folks illustrated by Hoffman Heinrich
Slovenly Peter, or, Cheerful stories and funny pictures for good little folks illustrated by Hoffman Heinrich. A classic example of the cautionary tale.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures 1980
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures 1980
Willy Pogany To plow a bed for the Tisza
Willy Pogany To plow a bed for the Tisza
Great Grandmother Goose by Helen Cooper, illustrated by Krystyna Turska, Hamish Hamilton, London 1978
Great Grandmother Goose by Helen Cooper, illustrated by Krystyna Turska, Hamish Hamilton, London 1978
Good Housekeeping's Cookery Book Illustrations By Fred Reeves and Douglas Woodall, Ebury Press London 1948 border
Good Housekeeping’s Cookery Book Illustrations By Fred Reeves and Douglas Woodall, Ebury Press London 1948 border
Good Housekeeping's Cookery Book Illustrations By Fred Reeves and Douglas Woodall, Ebury Press London 1948 border
Good Housekeeping’s Cookery Book Illustrations By Fred Reeves and Douglas Woodall, Ebury Press London 1948 border
Art nouveau dinner menu from the Red Star Line’s S.S. Zeeland on March 18th, 1906 art nouveau
Art nouveau dinner menu from the Red Star Line’s S.S. Zeeland on March 18th, 1906 art nouveau
The Enchanted Island of Yew (1903) written by L Frank Baum illustrated by Fanny Young Cory
The Enchanted Island of Yew (1903) written by L Frank Baum illustrated by Fanny Young Cory
MOEBIUS ~  Tusk - movie poster art - 1980 elephant
MOEBIUS ~ Tusk – movie poster art – 1980

Contemporary children’s illustration also makes use of illustrated borders, of course. Oftentimes this lends a Golden Age feel to the work.

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