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Ride a Cock-Horse and Other Nursery Rhymes.
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(PEAKE, Mervyn, illustrator.)

Ride a Cock-Horse and Other Nursery Rhymes.

Published: London: Chatto and Windus, 1940

Stock code: 103247

Price: £575

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First edition, first impression, first issue (without the dedication page). This is Mervyn Peake’s first commission as illustrator and his second illustrated book, following Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor (1939); its success led to Chatto & Windus commissioning Peake to illustrate their edition of Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark (1941). His illustrations for these nursery rhymes have been described as drawing out “the darkest implications of the stories”.

Quarto. Original pictorial boards. With the dust jacket. Frontispiece and 14 full-page illustrations (10 in colour) by Peake. Jacket toned and lightly soiled, a few chips, nicks and tears.

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