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Chatto and Windus. London 1940 paper covered boards, 28pp First edition 2nd state with For Sebastian on prelim following Contents page. Pictorial hand-colored paper boards.

Fourteen nursery rhymes accompanied by a full-page illustration by Mervyn Peake with 10 of these being
coloured.

Fair Condition
Browning/aging spots to boards with some staining. Spine has lost top paper exposing webbing and resulting in slackness to the boards. There is toning/browning spotting to endpapers and to a varying degree to pages themselves but in many cases are not excessive. Pencilled names on
ffep.

Scarce

"This is Mervyn Peake's first commission as illustrator and his second illustrated book, following Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor (1939); its success led to Chatto & Windus commissioning Peake to illustrate their edition of Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark (1941). His illustrations for these nursery rhymes have been described as drawing out "the darkest implications of the stories".


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