New York: McLoughlin Bros., Publishers, No date [c. 1860]. Stiff wraps. 16mo (5” x 4 3/16”); [48pp]; stiff pink wrappers block-printed pictorial in red and black; string binding; publisher’s ad to rear wrapper for One Cent Toy Books; light hand-soiling to wrapper, light creasing to front bottom corner; binding tight, pages bright; very good plus. Very good +. Item #1152
Wonderfully detailed small block-printed vignettes on each page to accompany the 87 rhymes. Three longer familiar rhymes are included: House that Jack Built, Death of Cock Robin, and the untitled Unruly Tom, a variation of one beginning, "Tom, the piper's son". Included is the rhyme: “What care I How black I be, Twenty pounds Will marry me. If twenty wont, Why forty shall, For I am mamma’s Darling girl.” Not a racist connotation, but one referring to brunette as opposed to blonde hair, per Baring-Gould in The Annotated Mother Goose. Also included is a rhyme that must be American in origin, and not found in any standard reference, "Old Kim-me-kum the Indian chief, Who, you well know, is a big thief; He handles his hatchet rather too handy, And never drinks water when he gets brandy."
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