New York (N. Y. C.); Wm. R. Scott, (1940); sized light tan canvas book with doubled fold pages SOFTCOVER with three brass eyelet rivets placed in center of flowers along spine, 8"square, 14 interior pages. Toploader fabric.
Unique Scott cloth book by a watercolourist and violinist , containing with each spread the lyrics, simple score, and a large illustration of a traditional rhyme, all in flat lime green, magenta, and Kelly green. Jingle Bells on front and back, O Where o Where Has My Little Dog Gone, Hot Cross Buns, Nut Tree, Cuckoo, Cuckoo, Lavender's Blue, Johnny Is Too Little, and Fast Asleep (Fais Dodo, translation), A beautiful printing job, with clear details in flat stencil-like illustrations, somewhat like Slobodkina's. Even the signatures on the staffs are exact (though the notation suffers from artistic license!), the woman's glasses, the telephone cord. The scenes, clothing and details are contemporary (1940), following the Scott/Bank Street philosophy, and the people seem to convey a lot of character and movement in this unlikely medium. Rare outside of three copies in Worldcat. Mary Dana, (1914 - 2000) was Mary Pepperell Dana and also illustrated a book under her married name, Mary Dana Shipman. Her long and interesting life included international tours with the Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and many gallery shows, including her last in 1999, as well as community endeavors.
CONDITION: Good Plus; no names or other marks, the top is heavily and unattractively soiled with unraveled "chip", otherwise the book is in very good condition, bottom cover and edges lightly toned, light fold across front cover, crease along bottom of back cover and one page; interior pages on original natural canvas, unwrinkled, with colours bright and fresh. Inquire for more images. Item #21862