The Baby's Opera, a Book of Old Rhymes in New Dresses
The Baby's Opera is one of the classic cooperations between Walter Crane and Edmund Evans. It's a picture book with a selection of well-known children's songs and nursery rhymes (36 altogether) with lyrics, sheet music and illustrations. Some of the songs are accompanyed with full page pictures but most are only decorated with colorful borders and whimsical details, so typical for Crane's style.
The book was published for the first time in 1873 by George Routledge and Sons in London. In next decades it was constantly republished, often with more or less changed graphics which was always Crane's priority. There were also special editions like a so-called triplet with two other Crane's thematically 'related' picture books (Baby's Bouquet and Baby's Own Aesop) from 1899 with Japanese Vellum hard cover printed on special paper and signed by the artist, limited to only 20 numbered copies. One such book was recently available on-line for almost three thousand dollars.
We'll introduce The Baby's Opera by Crane with 1878 edition by McLoughlin Bros. in New York which was in very good condition what gave us opportunity for great scans and not too much additional digital editing. Enjoy the presentation!