South Bend, Indiana: Regnery/Gateway, Inc., 1979. Item #03817
One of Twenty Specially Bound Copies
Signed by Philip Reed and With a Signed Original Wood Engraving from His Original Edition
REED, Philip, designer and illustrator. Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes. Wood Engravings by Philip Reed. South Bend, Indiana: Regnery/Gateway, Inc., 1979.
Deluxe 'Limited Leather Edition'. One of twenty specially bound copies (this one being #9) signed by Philip Reed. Together with a colored 'proof' wood engraving from the original edition of 1963, of Simple Simon and the Pieman (sheet size 11 x 8 1/2 inches; 279 x 215 mm.) signed by Philip Reed, loosely laid-in.
Small folio (10 11/16 x 7 5/8 inches; 271 x 194 mm.). [2, blank], [vi], 57, [3, blank] pp. Seventy wonderful colored wood engravings (on fifty-five pages).
Bound by Monastery Hill-Chicago, stamp-signed in gilt on rear turn-in. Full black morocco, covers ruled in gilt, upper cover pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt, spine with two raised bands, ruled and lettered in gilt, cream watered silk liners and end-leaves, all edges gilt. Housed in the original matching black leatherette slipcase. A very fine copy.
The generic title 'Mother Goose' suggests a few nursery rhyme gems tucked away within. Short stories with thinly veiled morals and violent themes. In just the first few pages: children are whipped soundly and sent to bed, an old man is thrown down the stairs, a pussy cat is drowned, a mouse is bitten in two, a pig is shot with an arrow and children are asked to remember the Fifth of November.
Gunpowder treason and plot;
I see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes included, this is a great selection of rhymes. Sometimes collections like this include so many ditties that the book ends up being an encyclopedia that you never want to pick up because of the sheer volume. However, this is a sensible collection, not too long and not too short with enough old favorites and undiscovered treats to keep everyone happy. Philip Reed's colored wood engravings show our much-loved characters with cherub, pinched faces and the animals full of personality."
Philip Reed (1908-1989) spent his youth in Park Ridge, Illinois and later studied graphic design at the Art Institute of Chicago. At the Art Institute he studied the works of such illustrators as Howard Pyle and Randolph Caldecott who would later influence his own work. In 1930, he established his first printing company, the Broadside Press, and over the next decades Philip Reed gained a reputation using "fine quality work". Most of "his work has been engraved" and Philip Reed worked using "a great deal of color". Philip Reed designed and illustrated many books for children and critics praised his "detailed color wood prints." In 1958, he illustrated a new edition of James Thurber's classic Many Moons and in 1963 published Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes which received many awards and honors. His work has been displayed at the Library of Congress in Washington, the Victoria and Albert Museums in London and other institutions. Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes was the Caldecott Honor winner in 1964.