London & New York: Anthony Treherne & Co. Ltd. / The H.B. Claflin Co., n.d. Mary Tourtel. Second Edition. Hardcover. Date from OCLC. This small, circa early 1900s volume is No. 1 (of 7) in The Stump Books For Children series, and includes the following nursery rhymes : Old King Cole ; Little Miss Muffet ; Little Jenny Wren ; Six Little Mice and Bye Baby Bunting. Title page with "Illustrated by Mary Tourtel" and "(Second Edition)" printed near top. Beige cloth over boards, title and decorations printed in red, white and black onto upper board, oblong 64mo (1-1/2 inches tall), top edges stained yellow, pp. unpaginated [40 leaves printed on one side with the pastedown of lower cover acting as the final page in Bye Baby Bunting story], illustrated throughout with "M.T" signed color illustrations. Volume a little shaken with sewn binding starting to loosen, minor soil to covers and a touch of toning to text, cloth ring on upper cover for holding bone clasp is split, else clean and unmarked throughout. Very Good. Item #3016
Mary Tourtel created the famous anthropomorphic Rupert Bear comic strip in 1920. This book of nursery rhymes showcases some of her earlier and less known work.
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