CRANE, Walter (illustrator). Triplets Comprising The Baby's Opera; The Baby's Bouquet; And The Baby's Own Aesop.

London: George Routledge & Sons Limited. 1899.


Landscape large 4to. Recently finely bound in half dark blue morocco over dark blue moiré cloth, spine with 5 raised bands handsomely ruled and lettered direct in gilt with gilt gilt centres and decorated bands, top edges gilt, others uncut, handmarbled endpapers; pp. [xii-ix], 10-192; with woodblock colour printed plates throughout, with wide margins, alongside musical scores pictorially decorated in colours and with text, and other decorations, in terracotta; externally fine and striking, internally very good, sound, and attractive throughout, with some diffuse foxing largely confined to prelims and endleaves; with two leaves reinserted prior to binding with minor edge-dusting, and slight edge-fraying to one, and paper gutter stub-strengthening to the other; the residue of two or three small, and old, stamp-hinge marks to upper margin of a couple leaves; and offsetting from an old insert to gutter of two adjacent leaves.

First combined edition de luxe, printed by Edmund Evans, and assembling Crane's three popular Baby's Books in one impressive large-format volume, limited to only 500 copies in the United Kingdom and 250 in America. A beautiful edition for the nursery. Original cover designs and patterned endpapers for each work are printed in xylographic or woodblock colours and bound in appropriately.

Baby's Opera and Baby's Bouquet collect a full range of traditional English nursery rhymes, including Three Blind Mice; Dickory Dock; Baa! Baa! Black Sheep; Oranges and Lemons; Lucy Locket and Looby Loo, whereas Baby's Own Aesop contains condensed fables, in rhyme, with "portable morals".