(The book has been graded fair because of the loss of one leaf pp257/8 containing the rhymes and associated illustrations for Jack Spratt's Cat and Little Blue Ben and damage to the fore edge of the colour frontis plate. The latter has been laid on to a leaf of paper the same as the new end papers The book has also clearly been a favorite as over 20 of the pages of illustrations have been coloured or partially coloured- in the main quite neatly. There are also some fingerprints/ smudges to numerous pages). This is a scarce and collectable book there being no offerings elsewhere that we can find on the internet and the only copies traced are in national libraries and Oxford. First published by Lippincott in the USA in 1899 the copy offered by us is of the UK First Edition by Dent of 1900. Please see our images of the actual book offered for sale.Fawn Cloth boards with black and white titles to spine and front board. 220x170mm approx. 320pp.Colour frontis. 250 illustrations by noted American illustrator Frederick Burr Opper pioneer of American newspaper comic strips who's work featured in The New York Journal, Puck, St Nicholas Magazine and Scribner's Monthly. His most famous character being Happy Hooligan. He was also noted for his political cartoons. A feature of the illustrations in the book now offered for sale is the fact that he sought to make them of interest to the adult when reading to the young child by the ingenious device of employing the use of speech bubbles to his characters with a humorous quip or thought.The book has been re sewn by us on three tapes and re cased with new plain end papers and re backed with a matching book cloth and the original spine laid on.