A Third Ladybird Book of Nursery Rhymes, 1967. This book, illustrated by Frank Hampson, was the third and last book in the set of Nursery Rhymes books published in the 1960s. It includes the rhymes Mary Had a Little Lamb, Doctor Foster and the very scary Goosey, Goosey Gander.
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 – they were usually read to bits or given to the youngest of children. This one is very scruffy externally with grubby, scuffed boards. Inside, though, it’s a decent copy, with well-turned pages and a few grubby finger marks. It dates to the mid 1970s and has an original price of 30p stamped on the back.
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