GREEN, Percy B. (author). History of Nursery Rhymes. London; Greening & Co. Ltd. 1899.
8vo.; darkest blue cloth boldly lettered in gilt to spine and upper cover, top edges gilt, others untrimmed; pp. [vi], vii-xvi + 195 + [i] + 24, publisher's catalogue; a very good, sound, and pleasing copy with bruising to spine ends, some rubbing to joints and edges, and small surface wear to spine ends; internally very good and sound with uniform toning to rather inferior stock and offset marking to free endpapers at front and rear; scarce in commerce.
First edition. A comprehensive account of the development of man's communication in rhyme in two Parts. Part I traces the earliest origins of human communication through language and sign, right back to Prehistoric Man, through the American Indians, the Greeks and the Romans, with a section on early folklore entitled "Elf-Land". Part II looks at early nursery games, Jewish rhymes, Cat rhymes, Cradle Songs, Riddles, Nursery Charms, Scraps and Songs, Scottish Songs, Bell Rhymes and the Policital Significance of the Nursery Rhyme.