1885. Boston: Oliver Ditson & Co., (and NY, Ditson; Phila., Ditson; and Chicago, Lyon and Healy), 1885.
Slim roy. 8vo, x, 102 pp. Printed music in the text throughout. Original brown cloth lettered in gilt on the upper cover, a very good copy neatly restored. Interesting association (see below).
§ First edition of Wiggin’s second book, the ‘B’ issue of the text without two blanks at the end but the ‘A’ binding of full dark brown cloth. Anecdotally the much rarer form of the binding; the book is almost always found in printed boards with a cloth back -- Blanck lists this full cloth binding as the first version. In this format a truly rare book, this copy with a contemporary signature at the front “S.D. Bush” and all six blank leaves filled with manuscript children’s songs not in the book. One is a “finger-play” poem by Emilie Poulsson that seems to have been well known at that time and is published in her book “Finger Plays for Nursery and Kindergarten” (1893). Another is the hymn “Tiny little snow flakes” by Lucy Larcomb, probably first published in a hymnal in the 1860s. BAL 22577 (’a’ binding ‘b’ text, no priority established). Item #107041