The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book by Peter & Iona Opie

The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book by Peter & Iona Opie lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Poetry section.

Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957, Hardback in dust wrapper.

2nd (revised) printing. [First Published: 1955]

From the cover: This book, the result of ten years collecting, offers a full repository of the nursery rhymes and ditties which are the heritage of our oral tradition. It contains all the well-known rhymes, and the rare ones too, including a number of rhymes and versions of rhymes not previously printed. Here will be found special pages of lullabies and dandling rhymes, of toe rhymes, catches, charms, traditional street cries, riddle verses, nursery maxims, and humorous folk ballads. Altogether there are 800 rhymes and songs, each given in a complete and choice version.

There are 600 illustrations. Many of them are the evocative little woodcuts which attended the rhymes when they appeared in toybooks and chap-books in the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century. Among them are engravings by Thomas Bewick and his pupils. Accompanying these early illustrations are 150 designs by Joan Hassall, R. E.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with with heavier fading to the spine which has an untidy, tape repaired, tear to the foot of the spine and a further tear to the head of the lower panel. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XI] 223 pages. Index. 9½” x 6″.

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