February 14, 2014
Child-painted illustration.
From p. 264 of Peter Parley’s Common School History by Samuel Griswold Goodrich (1841). Original from the New York Public Library. Digitized October 18, 2007.

Child-painted illustration.

From p. 264 of Peter Parley’s Common School History by Samuel Griswold Goodrich (1841). Original from the New York Public Library. Digitized October 18, 2007.

July 23, 2013
Reader-painted plate.
From p. 46 of The Comic Offering: or, Ladies’ Melange of Literary Mirth, v. 2, by Louisa Henrietta Sheridan (1852). Original from the New York Public Library. Digitized November 15, 2006.

Reader-painted plate.

From p. 46 of The Comic Offering: or, Ladies’ Melange of Literary Mirth, v. 2, by Louisa Henrietta Sheridan (1852). Original from the New York Public Library. Digitized November 15, 2006.

March 29, 2013

Child-painted illustrations.

Throughout History of England, In Words of One Syllable by Helen W. Pierson (1884). Original from the New York Public Library. Digitized March 2, 2007.

March 5, 2013

Child-painted or workshop-stenciled plates.

Throughout Rhymes for My Children (1839). Original from Harvard University. Digitized October 29, 2008.

January 10, 2013
Child-colored plate.
From the title page of Olney’s First Lessons in Arithmetic by Edward Olney (1884).Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized September 9, 2009.

Child-colored plate.

From the title page of Olney’s First Lessons in Arithmetic by Edward Olney (1884).Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized September 9, 2009.

October 17, 2012

Child-painted illustrations. Discovered by Christina Paik of Dr. Terry Harpold’s University of Florida course Paratexts.

Throughout Umbrellas and Their History (1864). Original from Harvard University. Digitized October 3, 2007.

May 25, 2012

Child-colored plates.

Throughout Child’s Magazine, v. 2 (1816). Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized June 15, 2007.

March 16, 2012
Reader-painted plate.
From p. of Goblin Market, The Prince’s Progress, and Other Poems by Christina Rossetti, ills. Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1875). Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized February 8, 2006.

Reader-painted plate.

From p. of Goblin Market, The Prince’s Progress, and Other Poems by Christina Rossetti, ills. Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1875). Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized February 8, 2006.

December 7, 2011

Plates painted by child reader (and a painted chicken). 

From various pages of The Beautiful Book for Little Children (1875). [Here]

Note: As a scholar and enthusiast of the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, this is an especially exciting find. The rare books cataloging phrase used to describe texts like these is “Baldwin Library copy illustrations are hand-colored: probably by young owner.” More “young owner” books digitized at the UFDC. —kcw