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Children's Book Collection in the Special Collections Research Center: Pre-1900 Titles

A Research Guide to the Children's Book Collection in the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center, which contains more than 3,000 children's books.

Kate Greenaway (1846-1901)

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"The time period from 1890 to 1930 in the United States saw major growth in the production of children's literature. Children's literature grew from a small part of many publishers' wares to a major market force, with established children's editors and then editorial departments in almost every major publishing house."

Source: McDowell, Kathleen. "Toward a history of children as readers, 1890-1930." Book History, 2009, vol. 12, pp.240-265. Accessed online 02/05/2012.

William Roscoe (1753-1831)

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Under the Window by Kate Greenaway

Image scan provided by Dr. James Birchfield, Curator of Rare Books Emeritus.

Roscoe Titles and His Imitators

Image from The Peacock "at Home" by A Lady 

William Roscoe & His Imitators

˚Roscoe, William. The Butterfly’s Ball; The Grasshopper’s Feast – Desideratum

˚Dorset, The Eagle’s Masque (1808)

˚Dorset, Catherine Ann. The Lion’s Masquerade -- Desideratum Dorset, Catherine Ann. The Peacock at Home (1809) 

˚The Ape’s Concert

˚The Butterfly’s Birthday by William Roscoe

˚The Butterfly’s Funeral

˚The Council of Dogs

˚The Dandies’ Ball; or High Life in the City (1819)

˚The Elephant’s Ball

˚“The Fancy Fair”; or, Grand Gala at the Zoological Gardens

˚The Feast of the Fishes

˚La Fete de la Rose

˚Flora’s Gala

˚The Lion’s Parliament

˚The Rose’s Breakfast

˚The Tiger’s Theatre – by Samuel James Arnold

˚The Horse’s Levee

˚The Wedding Among the Flowers by Ann Taylor

Text used with permission from the 2010 Exhibit by Dr. James Birchfield / Curator of Rare Books Emeritus / email:

Selected Titles

Children’s Writers

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