New York: McClure, Phillips & Company, 1901. Illustrated by W. W. Denslow. First edition. Hardcover. Very good. Item #19739
Folio. Green cloth spine printed with the title; pictorial boards, pictorial endpapers. The second state with four pages of illustrations following the dedication page before the Humpty Dumpty rhymed poem and drawings.
Wear and rubbing to the covers. Inner hinges neatly repaired at some time. Four of the stories (Jack Horner, Hickety Dickety, Ride a Cock Horse and Little Tom Tucker) have abrasions from adhesive along the inner gutters with loss of color, two pages with short creases and closed marginal tears, and a tape repair to the rear corner of the front free endpapers. Still a very good copy with strikingly brilliant illustrations in spite of these faults.
Every page has bold, fabulous color illustrations by Denslow who also edited the text. Fred Goudy hand-lettered the text. An incredible picture book, one of Denslow's best. Scarce.