London: George Routledge and Sons, 1881. Item #03785
First Edition of Kate Greenaway’s “Mother Goose”
in the Extremely Rare Dust Jacket
"One of the Prettiest, Quaintest, Most Engaging Little Books Imaginable"
[GREENAWAY, Kate, illustrator]. Mother Goose or the Old Nursery Rhymes. Illustrated by Kate Greenaway. Engraved and printed by Edmund Evans. London: George Routledge and Sons, [n.d., 1881].
First edition, second issue (Lattice Edition). Small octavo (6 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches; 168 x 123 mm.). 48 pp. With many full-page color illustrations in the text.
Original white cloth with pink cloth spine. Covers with “Mother Goose” printed in brown (“G” upside down) surrounded by olive green latticework design. Edges stained pink. Olive green end-papers. Some light offsetting to the preliminary leaves. Original salmon-colored dust printed in red. Minimal short tears to jacket extremities and a few small ink stains to front panel. Small neat ink inscription dated "Xmas '81" on front free end-paper. A near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket.
This second issue has “Contents of this Book” on verso of front end-paper; seal of Edmund Evans on recto of rear endpaper; “bush” in last line of p. 18; page number right side up on p. 38; “boys” in last line of p. 47; and no defective letters in the last line of p. 6 and the first line of p. 27.
"Commercially, the book was not as successful as the Birthday Book, but the press response was as enthusiastic as that to Under the Window. The Magazine of Art was most extravagant, claiming that the books was 'one of the prettiest, quaintest, most engaging little books imaginable'; in their critic's opinion Kate had become a 'fairy godmother': If Miss Greenaway had done no more than Mother Goose, she would yet have done enough. Her place among nursery superstitions will be an honourable and good one for many and many a year." (Rodney Engen. Kate Greenaway A Biography, p.81).
Schuster & Engen 140 (1b). Thomson 138c.