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Mother Goose or The Old Nursery Rhymes

Illustrated by Kate Greenaway

Author: Kate Greenaway

Publisher: Frederick Warne and Co Ltd

Publisher's Location: London, New York

Publication Date: (c) 1917


Mother Goose or The Old Nursery Rhymes - Illustrated by Kate Greenaway. Engraved and printed by Edmund Evans, published by Frederick Warne and Co. Ltd New York and London. Printed in Great Britain, A nice Frederick Warne edition of Greenaway's charming interpretation of Mother Goose. 

54 pages of color chromolithograph illustrations and rhymes, the rhymes include Lucy Lockett, Crosspatch, Little Betty Blue, A Dilly A Dollar, Mary Mary, Jack and Jill, etc. Publisher's imprint includes "Ltd." and Printer's imprint has an E without the 1, indicating that this copy was printed in 1917/18.

Kate Greenaway was one of the most popular British book illustrators of the Victorian era. A contemporary of Randolph Caldecott and Walter Crane, she attracted a wide audience in the United States and England, and many of her books were even translated into German and French. One of Greenaway's early successes was Mother Goose, or the Old Nursery Rhymes, first published in 1881, featuring such favorite poems as "Little Jack Horner," "Little Bo Peep," and "Jack and Jill" paired with whimsical illustrations of children playing in an idyllic countryside.

(At the bottom of the back cover, in small print, the books are marked "Printed and Copyrighted by Edmund Evans, On a Warne edition between 1914 and 1917, this has become "PRINTED AND COPYRIGHTED BY EDMUND EVANS LTD., ROSE PLACE, GLOBE ROAD, LONDON. E. Warnes became "Ltd." in 1917 and sometime in 1918 the Postal District was further refined to: "PRINTED AND COPYRIGHTED BY EDMUND EVANS LTD., ROSE PLACE, GLOBE ROAD, LONDON, E.1." 




Category: Children; 19th century

 GREENAWAY, KATE (1846-1901), English artist and book illustrator, was the daughter of John Greenaway, a well-known draughtsman and engraver on wood, and was born in London in 1846. Kate Greenaway began, in 1868, to exhibit watercolor drawings at the Dudley Gallery, London. Her more remarkable early work, however, consisted of Christmas cards, which, by reason of their quaint beauty of design and charm of draughtsmanship, enjoyed an extraordinary vogue. Her subjects were, in the main, young girls, children, flowers, and landscape; and the air of artless simplicity, freshness, humor, and purity of these little works so appealed to public and artists alike that the enthusiastic welcome habitually accorded to them is to be attributed to something more than love of novelty. Her illustrations for children (such as for Little Folks, 1873, et seq.) attracted much attention.

In 1879 she produced Under the Window, of which 150,000 copies are said to have been sold, and of which French and German editions were also issued. Then followed The Birthday Book, Mother Goose, Little Ann, and other books for children, which were appreciated not less by adults, and were to be found on sale in the bookshops of every capital in Europe and in the cities of America.

These little works created a revolution in illustration, and so were of real importance. In 1890 Kate Greenaway was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colors, and in 1891, 1894 and 1898 she exhibited water-color drawings, including illustrations or her books, at the gallery of the Fine Art Society, where they surprised the world by the infinite delicacy, tenderness, and grace which they displayed. A leading feature in Miss Greenaways work was her revival of the delightfully quaint costume of the beginning of the 19th century; this lent humor to her fancy, and so captivated the public taste that it has been said, with poetic exaggeration, that Kate Greenaway dressed the children of two continents. Kate died at Hampstead in 1901.

16mo. 6" x 4" ; Latice framed pastedown on heavy cardstock. Rubbing with loss of material front and on corners. Staining to both front and back cover. Green cloth spine, plain, no title.

54 pages, each with an illustration by Greenaway. Tape residue on half title page. Unsure of purpose of original tape, as no tears are present. Two penned names on FFEP. Pages are tight to spine, though front and back cover are shaken due to the endpapers starting to seperate.

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