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Nursery Rhymes and Alphabets. 0697: Anon., The Remarkable Life of Jack and Jill

Author: Anon.
Title: The remarkable life of Jack and Jill
Cat. Number: 0697
Date: No date but c.1850?
1st Edition:
Pub. Place: London
Publisher: Bishop and Co., 101 Houndsditch
Pages: 1 vol., 7pp.
Size: 13 x 9.5 cm
Illustrations: Title-page vignette plus 7 further wood-cuts
Note: Another copy of 0698

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Page 001 of item 0697

Introductory essay

The nursery rhyme 'Jack and Jill' first started to appear in print in the second half of the eighteenth century. This version has the full complement of fifteen stanzas, with the animadversions of Old Dame Gill on Jack and Gill's antics, which had become standard by the early nineteenth century. It probably dates from the middle of the nineteenth century, judging simply by its appearance. The crude wood-cuts might be said to recall an earlier age, but they may well have been re-used from an earlier publication, or have been kept deliberately simple so as to keep the production costs down. Other publications by Bishop and Co. in the Hockliffe Collection include 0127, 0129, 0703, 0770, 0771, 0784, 0798, 0844 and 0893.