1885. London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1885.
Small 8vo, x, 101 pp. Blue-colored cloth over beveled boards, backstrip lettered in gilt, gilt publisher’s stamp on top cover. Top edge gilt. Trivial rubbing at extremities. Endpapers show some paste action. Internally fine. Housed in an Atmore Beach folding box and quarter-morocco slipcase. Very good.
§ First edition. 1,000 copies printed in 1885 at five shillings each. Stevenson began work on this influential book of children’s verse after taking up Kate Greenaway’s Birthday Book for Children and proclaiming “these are rather nice rhymes, and I don’t think they will be difficult to do.” Grolier Children’s 100 #49. Prideaux 14, Hayward 297, Osborne II: 662. Item #104791