THE JOLLY OLD MAN WHO SINGS DOWN DERRY DOWN
London, Dean & Son, n.d. (ca. 1860).
Only edition. Large 8vo. Colored upper board, cloth spine, rear board printed in black
on purple paper with a list of Dean's "New Series of Strüwelpeters". Illustrated with eight
full page handcolored woodcuts. The page following the last of the illustrations contains
a carved face of the "jolly old man" about an inch high which penetrates right through the
book to the front cover, the faces of the woodcuts being cut away . Beneath each plate is a
rhyming verse about the activities of the Jolly Old Man.
Additional publisher's advertisements are on the pink
Apparently respined at an early date, with some glue residue
along the inner hinges. Boards are soiled with rubbed corners
and edges; there is some paper loss to the rear board just
affecting the numbers of the Strüwelpeter
list. Overall a very good copy and a scarce
Denslow, W. W.
DENSLOW'S MOTHER GOOSE
New York, McClure, Phillips & Company, 1901.
First edition. Folio. Green cloth spine printed with the title; pictorial boards, pictorial endpapers. The
second state with four pages of illustrations following the dedication page before the Humpty Dumpty
rhymed poem and drawings.
Wear and rubbing to the covers. Inner hinges neatly repaired at
some time. Four of the stories
(Jack Horner, Hickety Dickety, Ride a
Cock Horse and Little Tom Tucker)
have abrasions from adhesive
along the inner gutters with loss of color, two pages with short
creases and closed marginal tears, and a tape repair to the rear
corner of the front free endpapers. Still a very good copy with
strikingly brilliant illustrations in spite of these faults.
Every page has bold, fabulous color illustrations by Denslow who
also edited the text. Fred Goudy handlettered the text. An incredible picture book, one of
Denslow's best. Scarce.