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"Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes" (1913)

 

Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

 

 

"Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes" was a collection of traditional nursery rhymes selected by Arthur Rackham from his own childhood,

as noted in the 'Foreword' to the book:

 

There are many more nursery rhymes than are included in this book, though I think most of

the best known are here. I have chosen those I knew and liked best in my own nursery days,

and I have kept to the versions that I was familiar with. I think one may do so, as nursery

rhymes have until recently been handed on only by oral tradition with its inevitable variations.

At home we had no complete book of them: most we knew came direct from our elders.

The children of the present day often have several different printed versions of the same

rhyme, but they do not seem confused by them. They make their own choice, and go on

inventing variations. And however much they alter and add to our old friend Mother Goose's

original collection, they still make use of her name.

 

As with "Aesop's Fables" released the previous year, Rackham's return to illustrating 'books for the nursery' was a commercial success, with

more than 6,000 copies of the trade version sold within the first 3 months of publication.

 

The suite of illustrations contributed by Rackham to "Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes" included 13 colour plates and more than 80

monotone images.

 

For the Edition published for The Century Co. (New York), Rackham prepared a full page colour illustrated Title Page in the style of an antique

sampler - that illustration is known as "The house that Jack built".

 

 

Cover for ''Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes'' (1913), illustrated by Arthur Rackham

On the left, we show a rare First Edition example of "Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes" (1913)

that retains the original black cloth cover with applied illustrated pastedown - the binding used by both

William Heinemann (London) and The Century Co. (New York).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the right, we show the Title Page prepared by Arthur Rackham exclusively

for the Edition published in the United States of America.

 

Title Page for ''Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes'' (1913), illustrated by Arthur Rackham

 

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Our Greeting Cards and Fine Art Posters showing Arthur Rackham's artwork

for the First Edition of "Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes" (1913)

 

 

Greeting Card sample showing an Arthur Rackham illustration from ''Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes'' (1913)

 

 

For connoisseurs of Rackham's work, we have prepared sets of 13 Greeting Cards (approximately 7x5" on premium acid-free card stock)

displaying each of his colour images for "Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes" and on the left, we show an example of how these

Greeting Cards appear.

 

 

 

 

Code: AR MG CS(13)
Price: US$65.00

 

   

When presented on Greeting Cards, these images are prepared as tipped-on plates - in 'hommage' to the hand-crafted approach

typical of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is hand-finished and the

images are presented on Ivory card stock with an accompanying envelope. The rear of each card carries information about

Arthur Rackham, this wonderful suite and the profiled illustration - we have left the interior of the cards blank so that you may write

your own personal message.

 

Should you wish to order a reproduction print of one or more of these images, we have provided some options below. Each of our

Fine Art Posters is prepared with archival quality papers and inks - and also accompanied by information about Arthur Rackham,

this suite and the profiled illustration.

 

To purchase, simply click on the appropriate "Add to Cart" button and you will be taken through to our Shopping Cart secured through

PayPal. Multiple purchases will be consolidated by that feature and shipping and handling costs to any destination in the world are

accommodated by our flat-rate fee of US$20 for every US$200 worth of purchases.

 

Of course, should you wish to discuss some customised options, we welcome your contact on any matter through

ThePeople@SpiritoftheAges.com.

 

In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from Arthur Rackham.

Fine Art Poster sample showing an Arthur Rackham illustration from ''Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes'' (1913)

 

An example of one of our Fine Art Posters

in a superb 12x18" format

     

 

The colour illustrations by Arthur Rackham for

the First Edition of "Aesop's Fables" (1912)

 

 

Arthur Rackham - 'Mother Goose' from the cover artwork for ''Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes'' (1913) Arthur Rackham - 'Bye, baby bunting' from ''Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes'' (1913) Arthur Rackham - 'Hark, hark' from ''Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes'' (1913) Arthur Rackham - 'Hey! diddle, diddle' from ''Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes'' (1913)  

Mother Goose

(Frontispiece)

 

 

Bye, baby bunting,

Daddy's gone a-hunting,

To get a little rabbit's skin

To wrap the baby bunting in.

 

Hark, hark,

The dogs do bark,

Beggars are coming to town:

Some in rags,

And some in tags,

And some in velvet gowns.

 

Hey! diddle, diddle,

The cat and the fiddle,

The cow jumped over the moon;

The little dog laughed

To see such sport,

And the dish ran away with the spoon.

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR MG 2 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR MG 2 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR MG 3 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR MG 4 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

 
Arthur Rackham - 'Jack and Jill' from ''Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes'' (1913) Arthur Rackham - 'Little Miss Muffett' from ''Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes'' (1913) Arthur Rackham - 'Jack Sprat' from ''Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes'' (1913)

Arthur Rackham - 'Rain, rain, go away' from ''Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes'' (1913)

 

Jack and Jill went up the hill,

To fetch a pail of water;

Jack fell down, and broke his crown,

And Jill came tumbling after.

 

Then up Jack got and home did trot

As fast as he could caper,

And went to bed to mend his head

With vinegar and brown paper.

 

 

Little Miss Muffett

Sat on a tuffet,

Eating her curds and whey;

There came a great spider,

And sat down beside her,

And frightened Miss Muffett away.

Jack Sprat could eat no fat,

His wife could eat no lean,

And so, betwixt them both,

They licked the platter clean.

 

Rain, rain, go away,

Come again another day;

Little (Arthur) wants to play.

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR MG 5 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR MG 6 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR MG 7 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR MG 8 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

 
Arthur Rackham - 'There was an old woman' from ''Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes'' (1913) Arthur Rackham - 'As I was going to St Ives' from ''Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes'' (1913) Arthur Rackham - 'Ring a ring o' roses' from ''Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes'' (1913) Arthur Rackham - 'The Man in the Wilderness' from ''Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes'' (1913)  

There was an old woman

lived under a hill,

And if she's not gone,

she lives there still.

 

 

As I was going to St Ives

I met a man with seven wives;

Each wife had seven sacks,

Each sack had seven cats,

Each cat had seven kits;

Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,

How many were going to St Ives?

 

 

Ring a ring o' roses,

A pocketful of posies,

Tisha! Tisha!

We all fall down. 

The Man in the Wilderness asked me,

How many strawberries

grew in the sea?

I answered him, as I thought good,

As many as red herrings

grew in the wood.

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR MG 9 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR MG 10 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR MG 11 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR MG 12 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

 
Arthur Rackham - 'The Fair Maid who the First of May' from ''Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes'' (1913)        

The Fair Maid who the First of May,

Goes to the fields at break of day,

And washes in dew

from the hawthorn tree,

Will ever after handsome be.

 

 

       

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR MG 13 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

       
                       

 

 

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