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. Picture Book hardback.
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 one 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; loosening: crack at pp. 30, light foxing on prelims but most pages are very flat and clean. All in all an attractive, if flawed, copy. Item #13966