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Poetry, Verse and Rhymes; Games. 0806: Anon., London Jingles

Author: Anon.
Title: London jingles and country tales, for young people
Cat. Number: 0806
Date: No date but c.1840
1st Edition:
Pub. Place: Banbury
Publisher: J. G. Rusher
Pages: 1 vol., 16pp.(uncut)
Size: 9 x 6.5 cm.
Illustrations: Title-page vignette plus 16 further wood-cuts

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Page 003 of item 0806

Introductory essay

London Jingles is essentially a collection of short rhymes accompanied by a miscellaneous collection of small wood-cuts. There is no obvious pretext for the wood-cut of a steam train which appears on p.5 for instance, and some of the cuts have been re-used from other publications (the image of the two horsemen on p.3 also appears in Rusher's Children in the Wood Restored: 0083, p.4). The verses are rather miscellaneous too. Some are familiar nursery rhymes, like 'Bah bah black sheep' (p.11) or 'Boys and girls come out to play' (p.8). Others are more obscure. The pice de résistance is perhaps the nonsense poem, 'Three children sliding on the ice' to be found on the outside back cover. It might almost be taken as a satire on cautionary tales.