CRANE, Walter (illustrator). Triplets Comprising The Baby's Opera; The Baby's Bouquet; And The Baby's Own Aesop. London: George Routledge & Sons Limited. 1899.
Landscape 4to.; recently finely bound in half dark blue morocco over dark blue moiré cloth, spine with 5 raised bands handsomely ruled and lettered direct in gilt with gilt centres and decorated bands, top edges gilt, others uncut, handmarbled endpapers; pp. [ix], 10-192; with woodblock colour plates throughout, with wide margins, alongside musical scores pictorially decorated in colours together with text, and other decorations, in terracotta; externally fine and striking, internally very good, sound, and attractive throughout, with some diffuse foxing largely confined to prelims and endleaves; 2 leaves reinserted prior to binding with minor edge-dusting, and slight edge fraying to one, and stub-strengthening to the gutter of the other; the residue of 2 or 3 small, and old, stamp-hinge marks to upper margin of a couple leaves, and offsetting from an old insert to gutter of 2 adjacent pages.
First combined edition de luxe, printed by Edmund Evans, and assembling Crane's three popular Baby's Books in one impressive large-format volume; limited to only 500 copies distributed in the United Kingdom and 250 in America. A beautiful edition for the nursery. The original cover designs and patterned endpapers throughout are printed in xylographic, or woodblock, colours and bound in at the appropriate sites. A comprehensive range of traditional nursery rhymes are represented in Baby's Opera and Baby's Bouquet including Three Blind Mice; Dickory Dock; Baa! Baa! Black Sheep; Oranges and Lemons; Lucy Locket and Looby Loo. Baby's Own Aesop contains condensed fables, in rhyme, with "portable morals".