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Nursery Rhymes and Alphabets. 0690: Anon., Nursery Rhymes

Author: Anon.
Title: Nursery Rhymes
Cat. Number: 0690
Date: No date but c.1835
1st Edition:
Pub. Place: Derby
Publisher: Thomas Richardson, Friar-Gate
Price: 3d
Pages: 1 vol., 31pp.
Size: 13.5 x 8.5 cm

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Page 001 of item 0690

Introductory essay

This collection of nursery rhymes contains many of the verses which were first published in Mother Goose's Melody (0686). Here they appear in clear print, one or two to a page, and with lively, well-defined wood-cuts (see for example p.6). The lack of the preface and caustic notes which had accompanied the early editions of Mother Goose's Melody in the late eighteenth and very early nineteenth centuries suggests that by the time this edition appeared, printed editions of the rhymes had become commonplace. The insinuating grotesque on the outside front cover and the gurning figure on the title-page emphasises the carnivalesque tone of the volume.

The collection begins with 'There was a lady lov'd a swine' which forms the frontispiece. The rest of the volume contains: 1. 'High diddle diddle' (p.5)
2. 'When I was a little boy' (p.6)
3. 'Bah, bah, black sheep' (p.7)
4. 'Bow, wow, wow' (p.8)
5. 'Mistress Mary, quite contrary' (p.8)
6. 'Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, Baker's man' (p.9)
7. 'Little Jack a Dandy' (p.9)
8. 'Pease-porridge hot, pease-porridge cold' (p.10)
9. 'What care I how black I be' (p.10)
10. 'Robin, the Bobbin, the big-bellied Ben' (p.11)
11. 'Little Jack Horner' (p.12)
12. 'Three wise men of Gotham' (p.12)
13. 'Great A, little a,/Bouncing B' (p.13)
14. 'Old Mother Hubbard' (p.13)
15. 'I had a little poney' (p.14)
16. 'Robin and Richard were two pretty men' (p.15)
17. 'Ding dong bell' (p.16)
18. 'I had a little husband' (p.17)
19. 'Hark, hark, the dogs do bark' (p.17)
20. 'Cross Patch' (p.18)
21. 'Girls and boys, come out to play' (p.19)
22. 'Who comes here?' (p.20)
23. 'There was an old woman/Liv'd under a hill' (p.21)
24. 'There was an old woman/Liv'd under a hill' (another version: p.22)
25. 'The sow came in with the saddle' (p.23)
26. 'We're three brethren out of Spain' (p.24)
27. 'A carrion crew sat on an oak' (p.25)
28. 'There were two birds sat on a stone' (p.26)
29. 'A long-tail'd pig, or a short tail'd pig' (p.27)
30. 'Cock a doodle doo' (p.27)
31. 'There was an old woman tossed in a blanket' (p.28)
32. 'I would if I cou'd' (p.29)
33. 'Round about, round about' (p.29)
34. 'Piping hot, smoking hot' (p.30)
35. 'Ride a cock horse' (p.30)
36. 'There were two blackbirds' (p.31)