Catalogue 2

Last updated July 24th 2018.


"The Death and Burial of Cock Robin".
1864 and very rare. One copy only located, and in the Opie Collection (Bodleian). Top cover (see center image above) embossed (faintly) "Nelson's Oil Colour Picture Books for the Nursery". Eight leaves, sixteen sides, to include top and rear covers. Nine by eleven inches. Four full page chromolithographs, with text in verse opposite. Cover title and vignette in oil colour also. This copy with original stitching but all edges in pink silk. We are uncertain if this is original. The Opie Collection listings show this as one of four titles, the others being: (1) "The Pig in its Cradle and Other Rhymes", (2) "Three Good Friends", and (3) "History of Tom Thumb". The four large chromos we would class as VG/F, The text good only. The pale torquoise covers, very worn and soiled with 5% loss. Bookseller Inventory # 002803. £125.00.


"The Tale of The Little Twin Dragons".
Written and delightfully illustrated by: S. Rosamond Praeger. London: Macmillan, 1900. First Edition. All original decorated hard card covers, large landscape format, 28cms x 22 cms. Twenty-eight wonderfully illustrated colour pages. This copy very well used, chipping along all page edges with occasional edge loss. Spine firm. Traces of old sellotape along internal page hinges and some faint child scribbling. Top cover dulled and some soiling. Ownership inscription: "Ethel R Jones". Bookseller Inventory # 004967. £36.00


"Les Defauts Horribles"
Two volumes all original. 20 pages & 24 pages. Volume 1: Les Defauts Horribles. "Gourmands & Malpropres". Librairie Hachette. N.d., but Inscribed in ink "18.12. 1903". Volume 2: Les Defauts Horribles. "Le Poltron". N.d., but inscribed in ink "30 Mars 1904". Both copies fragile, intact and complete.

"TRIM" est le pseudonyme de Louis Gustave Fortuné RATISBONNE (see below).
Sold as a pair: £95.00

Louis Gustave Fortuné Ratisbonne, 1827 – 1900, was a French man of letters.
He was also the author of some charming fables (see above) and verses for children: La Comédie enfantine (1860), Les Figures jeunes (1865) and others. He was literary executor of Alfred de Vigny, whose Destinées (1864) and Journal d'un poète (1867) he published. Ratisbonne died in Paris in 1900.

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