Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1958, Hardback in dust wrapper.
4th (revised) printing. [First Published: 1951] Contains: Black & white plates; Black & white drawings; Frontispiece;
From the cover: This dictionary brings together more than 500 rhymes and songs traditionally handed on to young children, and studies their individual histories; their age, origins, first appearances in print or manuscript, oral and written development, literary associations, social uses, variations, and parallels in other languages. A general introduction describes the different types of rhymes, the earliest collections made of them, and the theories which have been advanced about their origin; and discusses such particular questions as the possibility that they originally portrayed real people, how they achieved their present-day popularity, and who was Mother Goose. Assembled in this volume is almost everything that is known about the subject, together with the results of original research especially undertaken for the work.
The illustrations, of which there are nearly a hundred, include reproductions of early appearances of the rhymes in ballad sheets and music books, and show the course of nursery rhyme illustration in childrens literature through the past two centuries.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier tanning to the spine. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXVII] 467 pages. Index. 9″ x 5¾”.