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Cock Robin.

New York: R. Shugg & Co. /Rutherford Park Press, 1872. First printing. Original Wraps. A scarce survival. Very Good condition. Large Quarto (29.5 x 23.5 cm. 11.5 x 9.25 in.) Color illustrated and printed wraps. Cotton stitched. [8] p. [6] color plates. Publisher's advertisement; "Juvenile Classics from the Rutherford Park Press. Beautifully illustrated in oil colors" with complete series list and Copyright 1872 by R. Shugg & Co. printed on on rear wrap. Overall toning, edge tears- archivally repaired. The stitched binding is exposed with traces of gummed residue, indicating a later repair.

Cock Robin is one of the two titles in the 'Merry Christmas Series' from the Juvenile Classics, and although R. Shugg & Co. published another version of the story with silhouette illustrations, this is the only issue of the colored Quarto edition. The six chromolithograph plates are richly printed in multiple colors from as many as twelve stones to create the lively and vibrant illustrations. Although based on the traditional Nursery Rhyme the arrangement of the text is unique and differs from that of the 1744 edition of Tom Thumb's Pretty Song Book- the first printed reference to the rhyme. In this rare Shugg edition every one of the helpful birds and beasts are present- just appearing in different order.
This is a scarce survival. There are no copies listed or documented, and the OCLC shows only one library holding, which is at Yale University. In addition there is very little known about the firm of R. Shugg & Co. beyond an obscure directory listing: Shugg, Richard; listed in New York City directories as an engraver between at least 1858 and 1868; in 1869 listed with the term, "books" in 1870 the directory contains an entry for R. Shugg & Co. (LOC). There are no references in Opie, Pritchard, Osborne or Cotsen to this work.
The Death of Cock Robin is a traditional English folk song/Nursery rhyme with suggested origins dating back centuries and a colorful list of royal, mythologic and political associations from Norse Gods, William II of England, Robert Walpole and Robin Hood. Very Good in Wraps. Item #7108

Price: $395.00

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