New York: Hurd and Houghton, (1867). First US edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Item #19203
Square 8vo. 91,(1) unnumbered pages. Printed in red and black throughout with illustrations on every other page in red and black after J. V. Barnett.
This is a compilation (and a U.S. pirated edition?) of two of Dean's London publications: "Rummical Rhymes and Pictures", which, according to Arthur Deex, was published in 1862; and " Ye Comical Rhymes of Ancient Times Dug Up into Jokes for Small Folk", 1864. The "Bookselelr" of September 30, 1864, attributed authorship of the verses to Charles Henry Ross; the illustrations are signed in the Dean editions by "JVB"; i.e., J. V. Barnett. His initials have been removed from the American illustrations.
Part one is an alphabet book; each letter is somehow part of the illustration as well as the nonsense verse: There was a Young Lady of Cork, Who declining to eat with a Fork, Her Fingers would use, And the feelings abuse, Of the delicate people of Cork.
Each letter of the alphabet has its own illustration and verse except I & J and V & U, which are each combined.
The second half of the book seems to be a printing of the "Ye Comical Rhymes of Ancient Times", also with a page for the verse, with the red and black illustration facing: Hokee Pokee! Hankee Pankee! I'm the Queen of Swinkee Swankee! And I'm pretty well, I thankee!
Publisher's plain purplish cloth, title in gilt on the upper board; pencil ownership name on the front free endpaper; hinges and edges lightly worn with a wear mark on the upper board, some fingering soil to the text pages but a very good to near fine copy and quite scarce: only 3 copies located worldwide; the original Dean's editions are likewise scarce. The date of publication is taken from the "American Literary Gazette" of September 16, 1867, which lists this title as 'recently published'.