A First Ladybird Book of Nursery Rhymes, 1965. This book, illustrated by Frank Hampson, was the first book in the set of 3 Nursery Rhymes books published in the 1960s. It includes the rhymes Hush-a-bye Baby, Little Bo-Peep and Little Jumping Joan.
The rhymes are traditional so these books are all about Frank Hampson’s wild, pretty disconcerting images. The books appeal and alarm in equal measure – with odd perspectives, bright colours and odd juxta-positioning of the every-day and fantasy.
It’s hard to find any of these 3 Nursery Rhyme books in good condition – especially this one: the first book. They were usually read to bits or given to the youngest of children. This matt copy is described as ‘scruffy’ but the only significant problem is the spine damage; the spine is well worn and has been repaired – as the photos show. Inside the pages are fairly well-turned but pretty good shape. It dates from the 1960s and has the original price os 2/6 on the back.
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