Little Songs of Long Ago

LE MAIR, H. Willebeek (illustrator). R.H. ELKIN. Little Songs of Long Ago.

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LE MAIR, H. Willebeek (illustrator). R.H. ELKIN. Little Songs of Long Ago. London, Augener Ltd. Circa 1917.

Landscape royal 8vo. Original rich honey cloth stamped in gilt with onlaid oval pictorial label to upper cover, in the original white pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [iv], 5-63 + [i]; profusely illustrated with 30 exquisite full-page, Art Deco-inspired, coloured plates presented in florally decorated surrounds and printed in soft hues opposite corresponding nursery rhymes with music; externally fine with glistening gilt, internally clean throughout with slightest signs of handling, the usual offset-browning to free endpapers, and a neat contemporary gift inscription to front blank; protected by a near fine, and uncommonly clean, dustwrapper with one tiny edge tear (7mm) and a little minor shelf-rubbing.
Early edition, printed by Edmund Evans at Rose Place, Globe Road, with dustwrapper listing titles up to Old Dutch Nursery Rhymes which was issued in 1917. First published in 1912.
A very pretty collection of traditional nursery rhymes, with music alongside, including, Lavender Blue, There Was A Crooked Man, See-Saw Margery Daw, Little Tom Tucker, Simple Simon and London Bridge is Falling Down.