PEAKE, Mervyn, (author and illustrator). Rhymes Without Reason. London, Eyre & Spottiswoode. 1944.
8vo. Original cream cloth, lettered in turquoise to spine and upper cover, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [vii], 8-38 + [ii], printed on good satin stock; with 16 vivid, and full-bleed, coloured plates by Mervyn Peake; a fine copy, both externally and internally, without inscription, protected by a pleasing, and all but whole, example of the scarce and fragile, unclipped dustwrapper (7s 6d) with overall dusting and rubbing; abrasions to the fore-edge; chipping to spine ends; one larger triangular chip from top forecorner of lower panel (20 x 10mm); one long closed edge tear to lower panel (105mm), now carefully repaired to the reverse with archival tissues; and some fraying to top edge with occasional short closed tears.
First edition. A characteristically idiosyncratic, but truly charming, collection of nonsense verse, apparently inspired by forerunners such as Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear: "A crocodile in ecstasy, Sat on the sofa next to me, As I poured out the Indian tea….".