London: Heinemann, 1974, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Colour drawings; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Title page vignette;
From the cover: Brave, outrageous, terrible, comic things are happening inside this book. Tommy Trot (a man of law) is gallantly selling his bed to lie upon straw; Incey Wincey Spider is taking an eternally fruitless journey up the water-spout; fair maids are going to the fields on the first of May to find the secret of how to be forever handsome.
All the rhymes that Brian Alderson has here brought together have the authentic ring of traditional English childrens verse. Some, like Ride a Cock-horse, will be known by everyone; some, like the sad tale of Grandpa Grig, may scarcely be known at all; one or two have even been taken from the work of poets of the present time. Whatever their source, though, they are rich in the spirit of nursery and playground a spirit which has been beautifully caught in Helen Oxenburys pictures.
For every rhyme she has provided an illustration that reflects its poetry or its humour, and to every page-opening she has given a unity of colour and decoration that is in the best tradition of English nursery rhyme illustration. Could any child ask for a happier incentive to perfection?
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a small scar to the top panel and spotting to the verso. Leans slightly. Edges of the text block lightly spotted.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 156 pages. Index. 9¾” x 7¾”.