Mother Goose

Mother Goose/ Nursery Rhyme books. Most traditional French/English although some are from other countries.

Nursery Rattle for Little Folks. Huber/Faber, ill.Claxton...1873/1872, presm 1st
Huber, Anne L.
/Hermann Faber, illustrator.

Many, many rhymes, reminiscent of nursery rhymes, but gentler, and quite well done. The illustrations are by a German American artist primarily known for medical illustration and his "Death of Lincoln" There must be an interesting story behind this book.

Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen, & Haffelfinger, 1873/co. 1872 presumed 1st printing of this first edition (January 28th 1873 inscription); brown cloth with black stamped decorations, gilt titles and fine gilt picture of acrobat and circus horse, elaborate gilt and black spine, blindstamped back; brown endpapers, "with Twelve Superb Chromo-Lithographic Illustrations" from designs by Hermann Faber, present as issued, and each page bordered with same line design; 6x8", 15x20cm; 136 pp. Note: the LC indicates 1 cm larger all around, assuming it was measured accurately.
CONDITION: Good Minus; charming 1873 birthday inscription on interior flyleaf, spine bright and front cover good, extremities bumped and worn, loosening on interior pages so that signatures are uneven, evidence of moisture damage from pp 60 to 80, affecting plates, espec. margins; wrinkles and page soil on early and late pages, still most pages flat and clean.
The History of the Celebrated Nanny Goose ...
Mother Goose (anon)

Two stories, not poems, of famous characters. Some illustrations in colour, with an afterword by Judith St. John.

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,
CONDITION: Very Good; spine and margins of back wrap faded, has not been opened.
Mother Goose (Briggs, Raymond.)
/Raymond Briggs, illustrator.

A wonderfully imaginative Mother Goose that should be part of any collection.. however this is an ex-library..

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.
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.
21555 12 Mother Goose pamphlets, Jessie Willcox Smith/Colgate.
Mother Goose (Jessie Willcox Smith)
/JWS, illustrator.

Beautiful little booklets on high quality paper with pictures from the large Willcox Mother Goose book. These appeared the same year as a promo ad, according to Nudelman. These twelve titles, not the later four booklets, originally appeared in a plain card box with a little boxed tube of Colgate's Ribbon Dental cream: we'll include a photo but, unfortunately, not the box. They will be sent in a commercial black cloth box for safekeeping.

Good Housekeeping, (1914), 12 booklets each with two poems, cover with picture from first poem in full colour with gold titles and borders, baby holding Cashmere Bouquet talcum and ad for Colgate on back, highlighted in gold; inside covers are Colgate toothpaste ads; oblong 5.25x3.5"; 8 pp. each.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus, no names, no spine splits, no bumped corners, spine crease rubbed on some, tiny rubs on corners of most, Mufffet has 3/8" margin pull tear on cover, gilt titles rubbed on Hush-a-Bye, darkening a bit but flat and clean.
The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book. (Opie)
Mother Goose (Opie, Iona & Peter, editors).
/Joan Hassall, illustrator.

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. Note: This book has been sold.

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.
CONDITION: Near Fine in Very Good clipped jacket; in darkening jacket with top edge wear and half inch chip.
20442 Mother Goose Wendy Watson
Mother Goose (Watson, Wendy)
/WW, illustrator.

Many short poems, sometimes 6 to a spread, each with a little drawing.

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.
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.
My Son John. (Frampton, David)
Mother Goose - Aylesworth, Jim, editor. (Frampton, David)
/David Frampton, illustrator.

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.

Holt, 1994, 1st printing. 9.4x11.4; c 30 pp.
CONDITION: Fine in Fine jacket; no flaws, as new; unclipped 15.95.
A Cat Came Fiddling and other Rhymes of Childhood. (Irene Haas, illus).
Mother Goose - Kapp, Paul, adapter (Irene Haas, illus).
/Irene Hass, illustrator.

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.

Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1966/1956. Brown cloth, 8.4x10.3; 80 pp.
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.
21572 Chapbook JackandJill McLoughlin Publisher
Mother Goose.

Jack and Jill give and take as they make seesaws and swings and tangle with the sow.

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".
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.
Rhymes and Ballads of London. (Carole Tate)
Mother Goose. (Carole Tate)
/Carole Tate, illustrator.

Rhymes about London, some new, some old, in bright pictorial boards, illustrated all around, without the jacket..

Scroll, 1973/1971, 1st printing US. 10.2x8.6; c 26 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good without jacket; slight corner bumps.
Tom, Tom the Piper's Son.  (Hurlbut, Carl, felt book)
Mother Goose. (Hurlbut, Carl].)
/Carl Hurlbut, illustrator.

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.

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.
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.
Will Moses' Mother Goose.
Mother Goose. (Moses, Will)
/Will Moses, illustrator.

A little illustration with each poem and marvellous spreads of a Mother Goose landscape.

New York: Philomel, 2003, 1st printing; full colour illustrated shiny boards with a Mother Goose landscape, oblong 11.5x9.5; 61 pp including index.
CONDITION: Fine in Fine jacket; no names, no flaws, as new, not a remainder unclipped 17.99.
The Mother Goose Book - Provensen
Mother Goose. (Provensen, Alice and Martin)
/Alice & Martin Provensen, illustrator.

Traditional illustrations by the Provensen's in warm colours. First printing, without jacket. New York Times Best Illustrated.

Random House, 1976, 1st printing. 9.5x12.5, 60 pages. Tan boards, white cloth spine and panels, flowered endpapers.
CONDITION: Very Good without jacket; gift inscription, some reading wrinkles, in slightly soiled boards with corners bumped.
21584 Richardson Mother Goose Popular Edition.
Mother Goose. (Richardson, Frederick)
/Frederick Richardson (Grover, Eulalie Osgood, editor), illustrator.


Chicago: P. F. Volland Company, Popular Edition (1921); illustrated paper boards, not plate, endpapers with goose and lavender and green design, geese bordered pages and plates with rhymes in cartouche; 9x11.75"; np.
CONDITION: Very Good without box; no names or other marks, period bookplate of the Lakeside Press Chicago, R. R. Donnelly & Sons, Co. on paste-down, extremities bumped and rubbed, some soil to back, 'Mother Goose in small neat letters on bottom edge, pages extremely clean, fresh, and unwrinkled.
The Jessie Willcox Smith Mother Goose:(first issue of first (large) edition)
Mother Goose. (Smith, Jessie Willcox)
/Jessie Willcox Smith, illustrator.

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.

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.
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.
The Nurse's Rhyme Book, (Thomas Trueman)
Mother Goose. (Trueman, Thomas)
/Thomas Trueman, illustrator.

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.

Philadelphia: George B. Zieber and Co., 1847; red cloth blindstamped boards with gilt titles, yellow endpapers, 6x9"; 112 pp.
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.
20813 Ditties for the Nursery Opie
Opie, Iona, editor
/Monica Walker, illustrator.

"Here are rhymes which delighted children in the reign of George III" Among them Tweedle Dee, and many less familiar ones.

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.
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.
Beatrix Potter's Nursery Rhyme Book.
Potter, Beatrix.

Contains all the nursery rhymes from Potter's published books with the edition of others unpublished, most traditional, some written by Potter herself, illustrated with her paintings and drawings.

London: Warne, 1984, 1st, thus collected, white laminated boards with Potter characters in a circle, yellow endpapers, in jacket identical to boards, 9x9.8"; 60 pp.
CONDITION: Near Fine in Fine jacket; no names, as new and without flaw except for quarter inch spot on topedge and corresponding rear endpaper, unclipped 4.95 pounds.
Willie Winkie's Nursery Songs of Scotland.
Silsbee, Mrs.

Mrs. Silsbee has made available verses written for Scottish children a few years previously, trying to retain "the racy terseness so often weakened by a translation." The work of William Miller, Alexander Smart, James Ballantyne, Alexander Rodger, George Donald, Alexander Laing, William Ferguson, and John Crawford.

Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1859, (entered in 1858); blue cloth boards with stamped design and gilt titles, brown endpapers, 5.25x7.5"; 94 pp.
CONDITION: Good Plus; pencil 1869 owner inscription, large bookplate of a 1928 owner, shiny area on spine, perhaps from his cataloguing label, brighter blue area on top board corner (old repair?) more visible on jpg; wear to corners and espec. spine ends, pages darkening a bit, tight, straight, and clean.
20312 The Land of Long Ago by Weedon, pub. by Nister.
Weedon, L. L.
/E. Stuart Hardy [and E. Heatly], pen and ink illustrations.

Humpty Dumpty escorts two children to the other side of a high brick wall at the bottom of the garden and into fairyland, where nursery rhyme and story characters await. Beautiful scenes can be let down to show Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, The Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, There Was an Old Woman, and Beauty and the Beast. (Hunt p. 337) The pop-up mechanisms are designed so that young children can operate them.

New York: E. P. Dutton & Co. and London: Ernest Nister, [1898] printed in Bavaria, #263, (dark green replaced endpapers), cream pictorial covered boards with rounded corners, illustrated with five child nursery rhyme characters, Little Miss Muffet, etc. in a meadow, and toy soldiers on front, plain back, dark green leatherette spine, little sepia pictures on every page of text; includes 6 three dimensional fairy tale scenes in colour with die-cut characters and scenery; oblong 32x26.5 cm, 12,5x10.25; c.28 pp.
CONDITION: Good Plus; no names or other marks, top board lightly scratched all over, paper worn through in a few small spots, bottom board grubby and deeply scratched, extremities moderately worn; without disturbing original spine, a professional conservator has reinforced some pages at gutter and replaced the endpapers; flip-down platforms of pop-ups slightly dog-eared at gutter from closing, darkened pages smudged throughout; all pop-ups in excellent condition, nothing torn, wrinkled, missing or unattached, and very bright.