DONT TELL. NEW NURSERY RHYMES [Written by G.E. Farrow and others. Pictured by John Hassall]: G. E. ...

DONT TELL. NEW NURSERY RHYMES [Written by G.E. Farrow and others. Pictured by John Hassall]

G. E. Farrow [George Edward, 1862?-1919?]

Published by Alf Cooke Ltd. / Frederick A. Stokes Cmpany, Leeds & London / New York, 1905
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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4to. (28 cm.) unpaged [52p.]. Profusely illustrated by John Hassall with 19 full-color plates (most also full-page), several smaller full-color drawings, as well as other drawings. Pictorial endpapers. Half-cloth with green paper over beveled boards and with a red cloth spine, with title and author in grey and with two full-color vignettes on the front cover of a child dressed up as a soldier holding a gun and a dog with an apple on his head sitting on a drum (obviously meant to suggest the William Tell story!) and with a vignette in full color on the rear cover which continues the ¿story¿ from the front cover, but here shows the gun smoking behind a drum with the drumhead split open, the dog¿s head protruding through the split and the apple lying on the ground! Very minor wear to extremities with nothing rubbed through¿not even close¿and with a bright red spine, with a thumb-sized flecked area above the dog¿s head on the front cover (can¿t quite tell whether this is a defect or not!), paper on boards clean, colors bright, just hints of foxing here and there in the interior, all internal images in fine condition with bright and sharp colors and with no internal markings. No dust jacket. This book is in extraordinarily good condition, especially given its age and the fact that it has paper-covered beveled boards. George Edward Farrow [1862?-1919?] was a noted British author of children¿s books, but not much is known about his life, including his exact dates. Farrow wrote more than thirty books for children and is best known for his nonsense books written in the tradition of Lewis Carroll¿s Alice¿s Adventures in Wonderland, especially his Wallypug series, e.g., The Wallyplug of Why (1895), Adventures in Wallypugland (1898), In Search of the Wallypug (1903), etc. John Hassall [1868-1948] was an English illustrator known for his poster art. In 1895 he began working as an advertising artist for David Allen & Sons and, in a career of more than 50 years, produced some 600 theatre poster designs, as well as illustrations for several illustrated newspapers. He was a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, the Royal Society of Miniature Painters and the London Sketch Club. In 1900, Hassall opened his own New Art School and School of Poster Design in Kensington, which trained several noted artists and illustrators. His style, which used flat colors enclosed by thick black lines, was also suitable for illustrations in children¿s books. Some of his best work can be seen in Barbara's Song Book (1900), in his humorous alphabets such as An ABC of Everyday People (1903) and Round the World ABC (1904), both by G. E. Farrow, and in his books of nursery stories and rhymes published by Blackie. He also produced a large number of pictorial binding designs, notably for G. A. Henty's novels. Dont Tell. New Nursery Rhymes is very much in the style of Round the World ABC and is a wonderfully illustrated book. Date taken from OCLC record, which shows Yale as the only holding library in the U.S. Bookseller Inventory # 008122

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Title: DONT TELL. NEW NURSERY RHYMES [Written by ...

Publisher: Alf Cooke Ltd. / Frederick A. Stokes Cmpany, Leeds & London / New York

Publication Date: 1905

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: John Hassall

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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