The Old Fashioned Mother Goose Melodies Complete with Magic Colored Pictures.
The Old Fashioned Mother Goose Melodies Complete with Magic Colored Pictures.
The Old Fashioned Mother Goose Melodies Complete with Magic Colored Pictures.
The Old Fashioned Mother Goose Melodies Complete with Magic Colored Pictures.
The Old Fashioned Mother Goose Melodies Complete with Magic Colored Pictures.
The Old Fashioned Mother Goose Melodies Complete with Magic Colored Pictures.
The Old Fashioned Mother Goose Melodies Complete with Magic Colored Pictures.
(Children's Book)

The Old Fashioned Mother Goose Melodies Complete with Magic Colored Pictures.

Sheppard, William Ludwell (illus.)

NY: G.W. Carleton, 1879. Octavo. 48ff. Features forty-eight color lift-the-flap illustrations (including the title page) in which the closed image illustrates the beginning of a verse and the open image depicts its conclusion. With numerous classic rhymes by Mother Goose, including the full versions of Old Mother Hubbard, and a rather unusual retelling of "Ten Little Indians," which adds several US-specific regional references ("Six Nantucket whalers" and "Five Nevada miners"), as well as two stereotypical and derogatory views of African-American youth ("Four naughty colored boys" robbing an apple tree and "Two little Nigs in Florida"). The illustrations are signed "WLS" in the plates, leading to the conclusion that they are by William Ludwell Sheppard, a southern illustrator whose drawings of African Americans are noted by Hamilton as having "a sympathetic truthfulness to nature born perhaps of the artist's Southern origin." The construction of this book makes the text block bulk only half the length of the boards, resulting in structural issues when combined with youthful use. This copy is, perhaps, the closest to new condition as one could hope for—the violet publisher's cloth, decorated in gilt and black, is unfaded and nearly unworn. Aside from a few very short marginal tears where the thin part of the text block meets the bulk in the middle, the book is internally fresh and bright. Item #27371

Price: $2,500.00