WOODHOUSE, S[idney] C[hawner] (author). Augusine J. MACGREGOR (illustrator). Crude Ditties. A Selection of Limericks. London; Swan Sonnenschein & Co. Ltd. 1903.
Small 8vo. Original cream pictorially blocked and lettered in colours, spine lettered in yellow; pp. [ix], 10-103, with integral blanks, on coated stock; including 24 delightful coloured plates; a very good, neat copy with some overall dusting and dust-soiling to spine, internally clean and sound throughout with a small gift inscription, dated 1903, to front free endpaper; scarce.
First edition. An idiosyncratic collection of nonsense verses in limerick form: There was a young Lady of Booking/Who'd a penchant for amateur cooking/So she boiled some cigars/In an ormolu vase/When she thought her mamma wasn't looking", &c.
Sidney Chawner Woodhouse (born 1871) was a noted academic and linguist who became Professor at Christ Church, Oxford and, beside works for the young such as The Oogley Oo (1902), wrote on Greco-Roman antiquity, producing an English Old Greek dictionary which is still in use today.
3 copies on Copac (BL; Oxford; Cambridge) and 2 additional examples on Worldcat (Princeton; West Chester). No examples listed on the commercial market at the time of cataloguing.