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This classic dictionary brings together over 500 nursery rhymes- songs- nonsense jingles- lullabies- and rhyming alphabets traditionally handed on to young children. All the items have been arranged alphabetically- from A was an apple-pie to Yankee Doodle came to town and include such favourites as A frog he would a-wooing go- Baa- baa- black sheep- Dance to your daddy- Jack and Jill- and Old Mother Hubbard. With each item comes a unique set of historical and bibliographical notes that record the earliest known publication of each piece- describe the circumstances of its origin- illustrate changes in wording over time- and indicate variations and parallels in other languages. In a detailed and fascinating introduction- the editors describe the different types of rhyme- the earliest published collections- theories of origins- and such questions as whether or not individual rhymes originally portrayed real people and who was Mother Goose. Complementing the rhymes are nearly a hundred illustrations- including reproductions of early appearances in ballad sheets and music books- which show the development of nursery rhyme illustrations over the last two centuries.For this revised edition- the notes have been updated and extended in the light of recent scholarship- providing an unrivalled wealth of literary and bibliographical information. There is also a new essay on the singing tradition of nursery rhymes by Cecily Raysor Hancock- making The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes an indispensable source of reference for scholars and book collectors- and a volume t... Please click here to ask a question
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