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Caldecott, Randolph, illus.  Picture books. London: George Routledge & Sons, [1878–1881]. Square 8vo (22.6 cm, 8.89"). 31, [1], 30, [2], [1], 29, [2], 30, [2], 30, [2], 30, [2], 30, [2], 30, [2] pp.; col. illus.

Complete set of the first editions of the first eight of Caldecott's legendary toy-books. Present here are The Diverting History of John Gilpin, An Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog, The House That Jack Built, The Three Jovial Huntsmen, The Farmer's Boy, The Queen of Hearts, Sing a Song for Sixpence, and The Babes in the Wood.
        These delightful stories, engraved and printed by E. Evans as part of Routledge's shilling toy book series, feature => full-page, color-printed illustrations including two double-page spreads, as well as in-text vignettes.

Osborne Collection, p. 624; Gumuchian 1007, 1009, 1014, 1016, 1018, & 1019 (others not listed). Contemporary half red calf with red cloth–covered sides, spine gilt extra, all page edges speckled; joints and extremities rubbed and and refurbished, binding very sound and strong. Back wrapper of first work and front wrapper of second with small area of paper adhesion along inner margins; one front wrapper and one back wrapper each with short outer edge tear. Some wrappers dust-soiled. Pages age-toned, with some margins gently darkened; occasional faint smudges or spots, completely free of childish markings or signs of abuse. => A pleasing gathering of Caldecott firsts in a handsome and appropriately protective binding.  (41541)   Please RESHELVE This.

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