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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
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
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: Frederick Warne & Co., 1897, no other date; publisher's original colour boards with tan cloth spine with gilt spine titles and green spine design; pictorial paper pastedown illustration of nanny seated in chair reading to 3 children at her feet with yellow/beige wallpaper pattern behind.
A real treasure, with many rhymes interpreted by the artist in his genial, ironic way. Chapters are: Historical; Literal&Scholastic; Tales; Proverbs; Songs; Riddles&Paradoxes; Charms & Lullabies: Gaffers & Gammers; Games; Jingles; Love & Matrimony; Natural History; Accumulative Stories; Relics; with notes, indices.
CONDITION: Good; no names, slant, wear and bumps to extrems, spine faded; about 40 pp lightly foxed all over.#14911
NY: Stokes, 1891, probable 1st printing; grey boards with blue and white titles, watercolour of little girl in pink dress with goose on her shoulder, one sided watercoloured pages on toothed paper, 9x11"; 12 pp incld title page.
Very delicate, clear, pale lithos of watercolour pictures, not chromolithos. (Difficult to photograph) Dec. 1891 inscription. According to a notice in the Dec. 1891 Scribner's, the "Maud Humphrey's Mother Goose" , with 24 plates, was "unquestionably the handsomest Mother Goose ever published." The "Favorite Rhymes from Mother Goose" was made up of 12 plates taken from the larger work, and published in the same year. It cost $1.25 rather than $2.50!
CONDITION: Good Minus; 1891 owner inscription, boards rubbed, top & bottom edges largely worn through to card, extrems bumped, quarter inch by half inch chip on paper at spine base exposes cloth; three inches of front hinge starting ; pages very flat and clean with only occasional soil.#14085
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); previously c.1912, 1913, 1914 by Good Housekeeping Magazine; pictorial endpapers, all points Nudelman A39 for first issue of the first edition. 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
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