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The History of the Celebrated Nanny Goose ...
Mother Goose (anon) .
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
$25.00
Mother Goose (Briggs, Raymond.) /Raymond Briggs, illustrator.
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
$15.00
The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book. (Opie)
Mother Goose (Opie, Iona & Peter, editors). /Joan Hassall, illustrator.
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
$50.00
My Son John. (Frampton, David)
Mother Goose - Aylesworth, Jim, editor. (Frampton, David) /David Frampton, illustrator.
Holt, 1994, 1st printing. 9.4x11.4; c 30 pp.
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
$10.00
A Cat Came Fiddling and other Rhymes of Childhood. (Irene Haas, illus).
Mother Goose - Kapp, Paul, adapter (Irene Haas, illus). /Irene Hass, illustrator.
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
$30.00
The Nursery Rhyme Book. (Leslie Brooke)
Mother Goose - Lang, Andrew, editor. (Brooke, Leslie) /Leslie Brooke, illustrator.
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
$135.00
Mother Goose Rhymes. Burt pub.
Mother Goose. (anon) .
New York: A. L. Burt, n. d.; olive cloth binding with picture of old Mother Goose and her owl coming out of her house, with a boy patting a goose; one colour plate, 6.25x8.6; [ix] 140 pp. plus one page ad for Mother Goose Library [vi].
A shorter and plainer version, still with nice line drawing reproductions, part of the large-type Mother Goose Library of 17 books which cost .50.
CONDITION: Good; very slight slant, rear hinge paper repair, well read, occasional page soil, with a few margin tears to half inch. #16173
$18.00
Mother Goose Rhymes. (Clara Burd)
Mother Goose. (Burd, Clara) /Clara Burd, illustrator.
New York: The Platt & Munk Co. 1927 #760; linen book with Mother Goose on her gander sailing over the treetops, 9.75x11.9; 14 pp.
Bright full pictures that are really brought out by the glazed linen.
CONDITION: Very Good; neat later owner inscription top of inside cover; bumped bottom corner w crease, sl bumped top corner to 1/4". #16172
$155.00
R. Caldecott's Second Collection of Pictures and Songs.
Mother Goose. (Caldecott, R.) /R. Caldecott, illustrator.
London: Frederick Warne & Co.; nd; grey cloth with all characters at a garden party; pictorial spine; oblong 9.5x8; np.
The Milkmaid, Hey Diddle Diddle, Baby Bunting, The Fox Jumps Over the Parson's Gate, A Frog he Would a Wooing Go, Come Lads and Lasses, Ride A Cock Horse to Banbury Cross, A Farmer Went Trotting Upon His Grey Mare, Mrs. Mary Blaze, The Great Panjandrum Himself.
CONDITION: Good Plus, light wear and soil to spine ends, corners bumped, pasted down endpapers have pull tears to margins (from former owner cover?), opens freely, interior clean and unwrinkled. #17572
$40.00
R. Caldecott's Collection of Pictures and Songs. (First)
Mother Goose. (Caldecott, R.]) /R. Caldecott, illustrator.
London: Frederick Warne & Co.; nd; grey cloth with riders carrying banners of the songs within; pictorial spine; 8.25x9.25; np.
Queen of Hearts, John Gilpin, Babes in the Wood, Sing a Song of Sixpence, Mad Dog, Three Jovial Huntsmen, The House that Jack Built.
CONDITION: Good Plus, wear and soil to spine top, corners quite bumped, pasted down endpapers have pull tears to margins (from former owner cover?), opens freely, interior clean and unwrinkled. #17570
$30.00
Rhymes and Ballads of London. (Carole Tate)
Mother Goose. (Carole Tate) /Carole Tate, illustrator.
Scroll, 1973/1971, 1st printing US. 10.2x8.6; c 26 pp.
Rhymes about London, some new, some old, in bright pictorial boards, illustrated all around, without the jacket..
CONDITION: Very Good without jacket; slight corner bumps. #8816
$8.00
Baby's Bouquet. (Walter Crane)
Mother Goose. (Crane, Walter). /Walter Crane, illustrator.
London: George Routledge and Sons [1878]; tan cloth backed glazed decorated boards; eps decorated in fine blue design; edges yellow all around; 11 plates by Crane (tissue frontis); 7.6x7.25; 56 pp.
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CONDITION: Good; top corners appear to have been bent back; thus grade, ow nice with bumped extrems. #14328
$50.00
Favorite Rhymes from Mother Goose. (Maud Humphrey)
Mother Goose. (Humphrey, Maud) /Maud Humphrey, illustrator.
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
$375.00
Tom, Tom the Piper's Son.  (Hurlbut, Carl, felt book)
Mother Goose. (Hurlbut, Carl].) /Carl Hurlbut, illustrator.
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
$250.00
Nursie's Little Rhyme Book. (H. Willebeek Le Mair)
Mother Goose. (Le Mair, H. Willebeek) /HWleM, illustrator.
London: Augener and Philadelphia: David McKay [1915]; 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
$50.00
Jack Horner's Pie A Book of Nursery Rhymes (Lenski)
Mother Goose. (Lenski, Lois) /Lois Lenski, illustrator.
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
$110.00
Mother Goose. (Garry MacKenzie)
Mother Goose. (MacKenzie, Garry) /Garry MacKenzie, illustrator.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1949, 1st printing, nap; green boards with red tree with characters, endpapers with Mother Goose flying overhead and people waving, 8vo; [vi] 177 [ix] pp.
Full of stout amusing people in drawings with varied texture.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good jacket; tight and clean, in lightly soiled jacket with very badly rubbed darkened jacket spine; unclipped 2.50. #16174
$10.00
Will Moses' Mother Goose.
Mother Goose. (Moses, Will) /Will Moses, illustrator.
New York: Philomel, 2003, 1st printing; full colour illustrated shiny boards with a Mother Goose landscape, oblong 11.5x9.5; 61 pp including index.
A little illustration with each poem and marvellous spreads of a Mother Goose landscape.
CONDITION: Fine in Fine jacket; no names, no flaws, as new, not a remainder unclipped 17.99. #16007
$25.00
The Mother Goose Book - Provensen
Mother Goose. (Provensen, Alice and Martin) /Alice & Martin Provensen, illustrator.
Random House, 1976, 1st printing. 9.5x12.5, 60 pages. Tan boards, white cloth spine and panels, flowered endpapers.
Traditional illustrations by the Provensen's in warm colours. First printing, without jacket. New York Times Best Illustrated.
CONDITION: Very Good without jacket; gift inscription, some reading wrinkles, in slightly soiled boards with corners bumped. #7255
$15.00
The Jessie Willcox Smith Mother Goose:(first issue of first (large) edition)
Mother Goose. (Smith, Jessie Willcox) /Jessie Willcox Smith, illustrator.
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
$750.00
The Nurse's Rhyme Book, (Thomas Trueman)
Mother Goose. (Trueman, Thomas) /Thomas Trueman, illustrator.
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
$550.00