WITH PUBLISHER'S GLASSINE
PERRAULT, M. (author). G.M. GENT (translator). J. SAXON CHILDERS (editor). Histories or Tales of Past Times told by Mother Goose with Morals. London; Nonesuch Press. 1925.
Small 8vo., bound in 4s; publisher's mid-blue cloth-backed glazed and patterned Chinese paper boards printed in blue and orange over a beige ground, top edges rough, others untrimmed, protected by the original glassine wrapper; pp. [vi], 3-127 + [i], on Dutch mould-made paper; with frontispiece and 8 engraved pictorial vignettes, all handcoloured through stencils using the pochoir method and set as chapter-headings to each tale; an uncommonly fresh of this vulnerable book with mild abrasion to boards; internally fine, crisp and uninscribed, save the usual offset-toning to free endpapers; the scarce glassine jacket unavoidably toned, but otherwise remarkably good.
First edition of this Nonesuch Press cygnet (or juvenile title), which assembles eight of the most popular traditional fairy tales including Little Red Riding-Hood; Tom Thumb; Sleeping Beauty, and Puss in Boots, together with their moral lessons presented in verse. One of only 1250 numbered copies, of this is 473. Interestingly a variant Chinese paper design featuring orange and white daisies was used for the binding of later volumes in the limitation.