London: T. Nelson and Sons, 1867 on title page, originally in parts [Home 1865].; [one of Nelson's 3 Oil Coloured 2s 6d Picture Books], reddish brown cloth boards, with fine gilt titles and picture in stamped border, plain endpapers, mauve print titl. Picture Book hardback.
Four series of 8 large pictures with poems beneath: Sunny Days, (with pretty little children by Ed Morin, H. Linton); Home for the Holidays, vivid vignettes of real children at play, dropped in later editions , Right and Wrong (with naughty, cruel children vs. good children, also dropped, by K. M., G. Dalziek); and Picture Rhymes of Happy Times (with more elegant pictures surrounding bland text by Keely, Al Swell). An early use of printed oil colour, with the hues ranging from bright to violent. In "Home" boys invent little cannons, a sisters wins a race against her brother, loose bonnet or no, and children play at dress up battles and mock teaparties with funny dialogue. "Home" was earlier published separately, [Bookseller 1865] with these engravings from woodblocks by Kenny Meadows, an artist and Punch contributor, but it is rare. This is really 4 very different books bound together and titled as one so the number of images is a little excessive!
CONDITION: Good only, faded cloth lifted unattractively on upper front board near spine, all corners bumped to 1" & rubbed through, Miss Anna Palmgren has written her name on Introductory & on top of front board, soil on "Poor Birds," some margin tears. Price was 2/6. Item #14874