“Nurse Lovechild's Legacy” — The History of Nursery Rhymes
Immel, Andrea, & Brian Alderson. Tommy Thumb's pretty song-book. The first collection of English nursery rhymes: a facsimile edition with a history and annotations. Los Angeles: Cotsen Occasional Press, 2013. Folio box (32.7 cm, 12.87"). 4to: xv, , 121,  pp.; illus. I: , 59,  pp.; illus. II: , 64,  pp.; illus. III: , 63,  pp.; illus.
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Delightful, award-winning set offering both scholarship and aesthetic appeal: Facsimiles of the earliest known printed collection of nursery rhymes (Tommy Thumb's Song Book, 1744, followed by Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book Vol. II and The Pretty-Book), accompanied by an illustrated quarto volume featuring Immel and Alderson's bibliographical essay “Nurse Lovechild's Legacy” and their annotations to the rhymes. The commentary and the three miniature nursery rhyme volumes — the latter in scrupulous photo-facsimile, including the never-before reproduced Cotsen Children's Library copy of the Pretty Song Book — are presented in a well-designed cloth-covered clamshell case.
This set was limited to 500 copies, designed and typeset by Patrick Reagh and Patty Holden, and printed and bound by Ken Coburn.
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Quarto in publisher's purple cloth with gilt-stamped title on front cover, miniatures in red, crimson, and violet ribbon-stamped cloth with gilt-stamped title on front covers, the whole in a purple
cloth–covered clamshell case with compartments for each book; case with very slight sunning and ISBN label to back cover. All volumes clean, crisp, and unworn. (40870)
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