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1885 - London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1885. Original blue cloth, beveled. First Edition, first printing (which consisted of 1000 copies). Stevenson began writing these verses as early as 1881: supposedly after perusing through Kate Greenaway's BIRTHDAY BOOK FOR CHILDREN, he observed "These are rather nice rhymes, and I don't think they will be difficult to do," and then proceeded to try his hand at them. It is hard to believe that the author of DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE and THE BODY-SNATCHER also wrote these sprightly juvenile rhymes, voiced as if by a child. The book is dedicated to Alison Cunningham, "Cummy," his childhood nurse-maid.~The spine lettering of this copy includes an apostrophe shaped like the digit "7", and the word "OF" is about the same size as the word "A"; some copies have a curved apostrophe, and some have a smaller "OF" (priority among these variations has been debated, but nothing is conclusive). The top edge of the pages is gilded, with the other edges uncut, which is the usual primary state. Inside, this copy has the ink-stamp "Printed in Great Britain" at the foot of the title verso, which we have seen before; though not mentioned by bibliographers, this would likely designate a copy of the first edition that was initially sent overseas (most likely to a colony).~This is a very good-plus copy, with a little rubbing at the very extremities of the volume but with scarcely any other wear or soil; the front paste-down bears two bookplates -- that of Luke A. Ionides (1837-1924, friend of Whistler and patron/collector of the arts), plus another partially removed. Beinecke 193; Princeton 20A copy 3; Prideaux pp 35-39. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman [ABAA]]
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