Tommy Thumbs Pretty Song-Book, The First Collection of English Nursery Rhymes, A Facsimile Edition with a History and Annotations. Consisting of three miniature titles: Tommy Thumbs Song-Book [and] Tommy Thumbs Pretty Song-Book Vol. II [and] The Pretty-Book [with] Nurse Lovechilds Legacy.
Los Angeles: Cotsen Occasional Press, 2013. Three miniature full-color photo-facsimiles, 55mm by 90mm, bound in silk with gilt titles on the upper covers, with Nurse Lovechilds Legacy, 121 pp., 170mm by 215mm, illustrated in color and bound in purple cloth with a gilt title on the upper cover. The four books are housed in a fine folding box covered in matching purple cloth. First edition. Limited to 500 copies. Tommy Thumbs Pretty Song-Book is known in only two copies, yet its tenuous existenceand its diminutive sizeare in direct contrast with its importance in the history of childrens book publishing. It is the earliest surviving collection of English nursery rhymes and one of the very first books printed specifically for young children. The Cotsen Childrens Librarys copy has never before been microfilmed or digitized and this facsimile edition creates an unprecedented opportunity for scholars and collectors to experience the book in full and life size. The accompanying commentary volume written by Andrea Immel and Brian Alderson seeks for the first time to pursue the books chequered history through eighteenth-century trade channels.
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