Springfield, Mass. McLoughlin Bros., Inc., n.d., ca. 1920. Only edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Item #19471 ).
Folio. 16pp. Black cloth spine, pictorial upper board, plain lower board. Six pages printed in vivid chromolithography, the remainder in two colors (goldenrod and blue). Illustrated throughout, with the title page featuring a witch on her broom with her can holding on behind. Upper board shows two rosy-cheeked children, on in beach attire the other as a baker holding a plate of buns.
Contains: A was an apple-pie, Girls and boys come out to play, Pat-a-cake, Is John Smith Within, As I was going along, I saw three ships, Three pretty girls, I had a little hobby horse, Little Miss Muffet, The old Woman who lived in a shoe, two riddles, Mistress Mary, If I'd as much money, Jack Sprat's Pig, Birds of a feather, Hot Cross Buns, I had a little dog,m Twelve pairs hanging high, Thirty Days hath September, As I was going to St. Ives, A little boy went into a barn,There was a man and he had naugh, and When V and I together meet.
Boards lightly soiled and with traces of wear at the edges, else near fine with the illustration on the upper board bright; interior fine and bright. Rare. One copy only located in OCLC Osborne. Sadly, the talented illustrator is uncredited; and the choice of a witch on her broom instead of Mother Goose on her goose for the title page is different at the very least.
We have dated this ca. 1920 as that was the year McLoughlin Bros moved form NY to Springfield (the OCLC records, though, dates this title from the 1890's.