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Walter Crane | The Baby’s Opera First edition 1877

$750.00

The Baby’s Opera. A Book of Old Rhymes with New Dresses by Walter Crane. The Music by the Earliest Masters. Engraved & Printed in Colours by Edmund Evans. London, New York: Frederick Warne & Co. [1877] First edition of the first of two nursery rhyme books by Walter Crane.

 

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Crane, Walter, The Baby’s Opera. A Book of Old Rhymes with New Dresses by Walter Crane. The Music by the Earliest Masters. Engraved & Printed in Colours by Edmund Evans. London, New York: Frederick Warne & Co. [1877] Small quarto, 18.5 cm x 19.5cm, original decorated boards, printed in black-and-white on brick-red boards, cloth spine, with a title-page printed in light blue and yellow, color wood engraved frontispiece, 10 full-page color wood-engraved plates, with printed music of the tunes for the rhymes by Walter Crane’s sister, Lucy Crane. Book design by Walter Crane, and the engraving and printing were done by Edmund Evans. 56 pages.

First edition of the first of two nursery rhyme books by Walter Crane. This copy is fine internally, but the cloth spine is starting and the covers have been used and abused as only children can use and abuse a favorite book. Scheinitz, Walter Crane, p. 33 and illustration no. 19 on p. 21; Percy Muir, p. 186; KLKL 620; Osborne Collection, p. 93; Gumuchian 1920; Stuck-Villa 332.