Grandmama’s Nursery Stories by E. G. Printed by Whitfield, Green, and Son, London, 1867. First Edition. Royal blue boards with elaborate embossing front and rear with gilt titles with a gilt flower wreath. 8vo up to 9½” tall. 46 pages with 6 full page black and white illustrations. Overall in very good condition: light wear to boards with rubbing to edges and corners; hinges weakened although no loose pages; light toning to pages with occasional edge marks. A very rare volume.
From the dedication page: To You, My Dear Child, And To Your Children I Dedicate This Little Book. The Amusement It May Afford To My Grandchildren Is The Only Object I Have In View; And If In This I Prove Successful, My Utmost Wishes Will Be Gratified. Your Ever Affectionate Mother, E.G.
From the Review in The Spectator 23 March 1867, Page 21: “Grandmama’s Nursery Stories by E. G. is a very lively little nursery volume, and Grandmama, though she “points her moral,” also “adorns her tale,” into quaint illustrations. Morality may indeed, in the story of “Little Patty,” be thought by some to be carried too far,—as it seems almost unnatural that the over- intelligence of a Grandmama should be held up to the reprobation of infants by a Grandmama,—this too didactic strain is the only fault to be found with the book, and for this the age may be more to blame than the author. There is some danger now of our little ones being too wise in their generation. The poems are simple and pretty, chiefly about animals, a subject interesting to most children, and altogether the little volume will prove a charming addition to the nursery library”. 002186 $180