London: Andrew Melrose, 2 York St. Covent Garden, 1909 on title page, misspelled illustrator as in 1st printing, but yellow boards with black illustration not coloured (same subject) and plain spine, so either a cheaper non-gift issue or an early but not 1st printing; 12 coloured plates as issued but not listed in the book and some initial letters in red; large 8vo; 65 pages. Juvenile hardback.
Some of these many rhymes are familiar ones in dialect, some are new, some go off in different directions: (to a baby that won't go to sleep) Hey Willie Winkie/The wean's in a creel,/Wamblin' aff a body's knee/Like a very eel./ Ruggin' at the cat's lug,/ Rav'llin' a' her thrums, / Hey, Willie Winkie, / See, there he comes. Attractive coloured plates and large drawings in text.Contents: Some Rhymes; Rhymes with Action; "Counting Out' Rhymes; New Year Rhymes; Hogmanay and Yule; Yule; Riddles. McLennan was the author of a classic book on golf and the editor of the Glasgow Evening News.
CONDITION: Good; because lacks fep, also traces of bookplate removal and wrinkle on front pastedown; else very nice, tight, straight with clean boards, plates and pages, minimal corner bumps, no marks or creases. Item #22483