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Toronto: Friends of the Osborne and Lillian H. Smith Collections, Toronto Public Library, 1973, 500 copies of this edition printed; replica of the 1813 edition printed for S. Hood in London, the second in 1833 for H Fores, London; green WRAPS with white label,
Two stories, not poems, of famous characters. Some illustrations in colour, with an afterword by Judith St. John.
CONDITION: Very Good; spine and margins of back wrap faded, has not been opened.#16170
New York: Coward-McCann, 1963, stated 1st US printing; blue reinforced boards with white picture of Robin the Bobbin eating a steeple, in white jacket with full coloured painting identical to boards; oblong 9.75x7.75 inches; 48 pp.
A wonderfully imaginative Mother Goose that should be part of any collection.. however this is an ex-library..
CONDITION: Good in Very Good jacket; ex-lib, some marks, intermittant light soil and reading wrinkles throughout but heavy soil on last page; in nice jacket with no chips, tears, rubs, or library signs, light soil to white back; unclipped 2.86.#7383
New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1955, 1st printing; black boards with gilt spine titles, large 8vo; in cream and pink jacket with many small figures from the rhyme illustrations; 224 pp incld index.
The result of years of collecting, this book contains 800 rhymes and 500 little pictures in the style of old woodcuts. The full versions of many, many rhymes. An essential reference and a pleasure to thumb through.
CONDITION: Near Fine in Very Good clipped jacket; in darkening jacket with top edge wear and half inch chip.#16010
New York: Lothrop, Lee, and Shepard 1989, stated 1st, nl; shiny boards with Mother Goose reading to two children under some trees while the dog steals the sausage, on back forest animals observe the scene, in jacket identical to boards; 8.25x11.2; 160 pp.
Many short poems, sometimes 6 to a spread, each with a little drawing.
CONDITION: Very Good in Very Good Plus jacket; no names or other marks, pages clean and unwrinkled, binder's bump on lower front corner of book and jacket, small bumps to top corners, otherwise very nice; unclipped 19.95.#20442
Although the text serves to illustrate how difficult it is to copy the inspired inanity of Mother Goose, the design is marvellous, with hand lettered white verse against background on one side and bold oilcoloured woodcuts on the other.
CONDITION: Fine in Fine jacket; no flaws, as new; unclipped 15.95.#10142
Mother Goose - Cavally, Frederick L., Jr.,/FLC, photographer and illustrator.
Indianapolis, The Bobbs Merrill Company, 1907, 1st, sd; red cloth boards, black outlined orange titles, plate of Teddy jumping over Candlestick; an illustrated title page, then a letter from Teddy facing a "Hello" page with Teddy bursting though the paper, followed by nursery rhymes surrounded by little line drawings facing each full page coloured photo, on the last page Teddy holds a slate with his handwritten poem; 10x11.25", about 64 pp.
"Sure of a welcome before you so much as open the book. The pictures and adaptations are by the same hand, and full of the delicious, chubby attractiveness which only little bears possess. Mother Goose lends herself very readily to a Teddy Bear interpretation, and the colored full-page illustrations and line decorations will delight the children beyond measure." From a 1907 review that holds just as true today. These gently coloured and adapted Steiff bear photos, Teddy's family album, delightfully illustrate verses like "Little Ted Horner/Sat in a corner.." Published just as Teddy's bears became teddy bears, and a lasting part of American culture. The author, a young Colorado postcard artist, apparently never wrote another children's book, but what a fine one this is!
CONDITION: Good Plus; no names or other marks, margins of plate apparently came loose at some point, experienced several short tears, and were then pasted back down (see photo) with almost no loss of paper, corner tips worn to card, half inch rip across spine; stray, light 1" pencil mark on bear, unwrinkled, darkening pages show occasional soil, not affecting photos, one 1" closed margin tear.#21582
Mother Goose - Charles H. Bnnett, illus./Charles H. Bennett, illustrator.
New York: Leavitt & Allen, 1862?, [1858 to 1863] Hazard's Cheapest Edition of Mother Goose's Melodies, a selection from the first edition of Old Nurse's Book of 1858, Griffith and Farran; engravings by Edmund Evans, brown cloth blind stamped top and bottom boards with original gilt title cartouche surrounded by little characters, yellow endpapers, "With Thirty Original Designs" hand coloured throughout, professionally but rather swiftly. This edition lacking the little people at each corner, rulings redrawn and some rearrangement; [identical to the Porter & Coates cheap edition of about 10 years later]; 5.5x7.5; 31 numbered pp incld front matter.
Original conceptions of these traditional rhymes including some wonderful pigs. The famous comic artist, a gentle father of a large family, illustrated for children, for comic magazines including Punch, and for other more serious adult works during his short career. This edition hard to find.
CONDITION: Good only; light, erasable 1947 name; free front endpaper removed, opens freely but solid with stitching visible, espec on front hinge, back hinge good, light bumps to corners, clean boards with two spots; heavy foxing on about half the pages, intermittent on others, no marks or tears. 19th c pencil bookseller's notes on rep which we have left.#21593
Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1966/1956. Brown cloth, 8.4x10.3; 80 pp.
Fifty-seven nonsense verses and nursery rhymes with new music by Kapp of which Burl Ives says in his introduction "it sounds as though it had never been written, only been sung." Amusing illustrations and very simple piano accompaniments.
CONDITION: Near Fine in Good Plus jacket; in dw with 2 one inch tears, one two inch badly wrinkled tear on back, other edgewear; unclipped 3.00.#13003
London, Glasgow, and Bombay: Blackie and Sons, Limited, [1917, plates from 1912] later printing, soft paper; pictorial paper boards with maid washing her dolls, dark blue green cloth spine, coloured plates affixed to inside of top and bottom boards, 6 col plates in all, many full and in text black and white drawings; 7.8x10.2"; np.
A very funny take on Mother Goose with pictorial side comments on the rhymes, for instance there's the strike poster for the micro managed hens of the Man of Middle Row, the joyous Good King Arthur is obviously making a mess in the kitchen with his bag-pudding efforts, the crooked man has just purchased a cat from a whiskery man in a cat costume with a kitten in his pocket and a sign on his hat: "Hi I am Claus the Cat King." The more you look, the more you see.
CONDITION: Very Good; neat inscription on blank verso, clean, straight, tight, bottom corners rubbed to card, spine foot bumped, margin wrinkles on a few early pages.#21477
New York: McLoughlin Bro's, 71 & 73 Duane Street, Uncle Toby's Series, (1871 or early 1872); thin pink card covers with deep pink and black titles and illustration; 8 pages, 4 bright litho illustrations, 4.75x5.5".
Jack and Jill give and take as they make seesaws and swings and tangle with the sow.
CONDITION: Very Good; stamp from A. Rice Musical Instruments and Watches, Rondout N. Y., (used as an advertising booklet); office location/Rondout merged with Kingston in 1872, thus attributed date; covers water spotted in a few places, tiny corner bumps, occasional pale foxing, lithos bright and clean.#21572
Akron, Ohio: Kohler & Co, no date, co by S. H. Kohler; cover with Tom piping to lamb dancing in a grey pasture with blue sky and clouds, on the back in a cartouche, a toy lamb with Kohler's Felt Toy Books, "The Original Felt Books; three sheets of felt sewn together making ten interior pages; 4.8x6.8"; np.
Such an amazing idea! The thin, fine felt takes the print quite clearly and makes a nice light little book, if a bit dull on the cover. Ten nursery rhymes with lively illustrations.
CONDITION: Very Good; felt on all pages has probably darkened esp front, a trace of the 3/8" spot on first two pages is visible on front, tiny nick on back to white, edges dark, sewing very tight (recessed because this is felt), no tears, creases, or thinning.#17391
Mother Goose. (Le Mair, H. Willebeek)/HWleM, illustrator.
London: Augener and Philadelphia: David McKay ; title list contains Grannie's, Mother's, Auntie's Nursie's, Nursery Rhymes, Little Songs, Schumann. Coloured calico paper boards with round panel with girl brushing doll's hair, 10 coloured plates; 6x4.5" oblong; ca 34 pp.
These small format books contain the illustrations and songs of the two large books, with clear, miniature pictures.
CONDITION: Good; all edges rubbed though to white, corners through to card, pull tear 1/4", other small rubs and soil, shaken but not cracked.#13944
New York: Harper & Brothers, July 1928 G-C/1927, early printing; yellow cloth with pattern of small green Lenski figures, green paste on plate with black titles and 1927, green endpapers, plate is identical to title page design without date and with coloured figures added, small paste on title plate on spine, charming tiny figures, yellow, orange, and green, dance along borders and within frames. 7.2x9.3; 83 pp.
This copy belonged to a maker of faience tile and was used for design ideas. I would love to see the tiles of these funny little drawings!
CONDITION: Good Minus; 1931 pencil name. Copies of this book are prone to spine problems: this has a darkened spine plate and faded, frayed spine with frayed 3" tear and flap and moisture damage 1/2" rear bottom. Otherwise a nice enough copy with minor bumps to corners, bright boards, clean paste-on front plate with some pale spots, interior with uneven opening on 2 pp, endpapers and pages clean and unwrinkled.#14843
NY: Dodd, Mead & Company 1914, 1st; all points in Nudelman A39 for first issue of the first edition. illustrations previously c.1912, 1913, 1914 by Good Housekeeping Magazine; black cloth with full paste on plate of Mother Goose in straw bonnet sheltering two children under her wings, peach endpapers with white geese and babies in mob caps, 12 coloured plates and five black and white plates as issued, and numerous drawings in text ; 12x8.75 large oblong; 173 pp.
A real treasure, which has been read and cared for. Catherine Patricia Bray has very carefully lettered her name and the date, Dec. 25, 1914, with black and red ink in deco style. Her light pencil guidelines are still evident.
CONDITION: Good; elaborate name on first blank page verso, with small red ink spots seeping through this page and on spot on verso of ffep but not affecting pictorial endpaper. Catherine has also painted in the mob caps of two geese on the endpapers, very carefully. Cover plate w two 1/4" chips and many fine scratches & rubs, but not on children's faces; spine unreadable; bottom spine and corner tips frayed; 1.25" clean tear on frontis margin, soil on p 14 and 2" tear from gutter of facing page; crack at pp 30, light foxing on prelims but most pages are very flat and clean.#13966
Philadelphia: George B. Zieber and Co., 1847; red cloth blindstamped boards with gilt titles, yellow endpapers, 6x9"; 112 pp.
143 Rhymes. Taken together with the volume published in the previous year by Zeiger they comprise "all that is valuable in this particular department of juvenile literature." Most are one or two to a page with varied decorative borders and lovely small engravings. Some longer ballads and many unfamiliar rhymes and variants here. The later Smith editions are in World Cat, but this, presumably first, edition is not.
CONDITION: Good; head of spine torn to 3/4", front endpaper missing, soil and pale ink spots to boards, 3" crack on spine back, light foxing throughout; tight in binding and otherwise very clean.#17567
London: Oxford University Press, 1959/1954; blue boards, pink endpapers, in pink and blue jacket with little pictures of the rhymes; 5x7.5"; 80 pp.
"Here are rhymes which delighted children in the reign of George III" Among them Tweedle Dee, and many less familiar ones.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good jacket; owner name, straight and clean with gilt titles bright; in clipped jacket with faded spine, some evidence of erased ink marks, small chips to extrems.#20813
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