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
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
For the Edition published for The Century Co. (New York),
Rackham prepared a full page colour illustrated Title Page in the style of an
sampler - that illustration is known as "The house that Jack
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
William Heinemann (London) and
The Century Co. (New York).
To the right, we show the
Title Page prepared by Arthur
for the Edition published in the United
States of America.