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Title: The old fashioned Mother Goose melodies, complete with magic colored pictures

Illustrated by: William Ludwell Sheppard

Designer and Printer: Donaldson Brothers

Publisher: G.W. Carleton & Co.

Date of Publication: 1879

Red pictorial cloth stamped in black and gold

7 1/2 inch by 6 ½ “ wide

Color and sepia illustrations with a “lift the flap” movable feature on each of 45 pages.

This is a transformation book. The "magic colored pictures" are half illustrations, which transform that portion of the picture to the second part of the verse.

45 movable illustrations are present – A collector was kind enough to let us know that there were originally 48 pages in these books. We must assume therefore, that 3 pages at the end are missing.

Condition: All movable transformations are complete and working with no tears. All pages have some typical age foxing. Spine is sunned. Cover has a darker area and some edge wear – (see photo). Pages bound but shaken (starting to come loose). Covers a bit cocked.

Collector’s Corner:

Carleton published 6 Mother Goose books in a series during the late 1870’s –

As far as we can tell: The Donaldson Mother Goose Series consisted of:

Volume 1: The old fashioned Mother Goose' melodies complete with magic colored pictures 45-46 pages

Volume 2: The old fashioned Mother Goose' melodies complete with magic colored pictures 32 pages

Volume 3: Mother Goose melodies with magical changes – 16 pages

Volume 4: Old Mother Hubbard - ? pages

Volume 5: How 8 men became 1: magical changes with Mother Goose melodies – 16 pages

Volume 6: Humpty Dumpty: magical changes with Mother Goose melodies – 16 pages

Of interest: The American Antiquarian Society – through Applewood publishers, has just published a shortened repro of this book that is yet to be released ( as of March 20, 2012). Check it out ISBN 13: 9781429080774.

Note on photos: We have only posted a few of the 45 of this Mother Goose Melodies scenes. As you can see from the ones posted, many of the transformations turn into pictures that would be considered too scary for today’s children. We have babies falling out of trees, a wife being turned over in a wheelbarrow, owls swooping down on little boys, a woman beating her bloody husband with a chair, a blackbird biting off somebody’s nose, and check out the spider attacking Miss Muffet, he's bigger than she is!

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All books returnable within 10 days of receipt if not delighted for any reason!


Product Code: A-13
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