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The Nursery Book [5th Year?]

This was the successor to Baby's Annual and for a few years became Nelson's main Annual for very young children. It was smaller than the The Chummy Book or The Jolly Book, which both contained 288 pages and 16 full-page colour illustrations. The first Nursery Book contained 128 pages and four original double page drawings by Blampied. The second Nursery Book contained fewer pages than the first, only 93, but also contained four original double page drawings by Blampied. The third Nursery Book contained fewer pages than the second, 88 pages, and two colour drawings by Blampied that were used in The oo Book. This could be the fourth Nursery Book but the inscription is dated 1925, so it is assumed to be the fifth year. It contained an original drawing probably not used in The Zoo Book.

First edition

Bibliography code: NEL-25.1

Publisher: Thomas Nelson and Sons

Series: The Nursery Book [5th year?]

Year: [1925]

Format: 8vo

Pages: 80

Binding: printed boards backed with cream cloth blocked with the title and Nelson in black on spine, and a drawing of a woman and a mouse in blue; plain rear boards

Cover: not by Blampied

Dust jacket: not seen, but probably had one

Size: 280 x 226 mm

Price: 3 shillings 6 pence

Internal illustrations: page 79 is a line drawing based on a colour drawing of a shepherd holding a lamb facing page 24 from At the Farm; page 80 has a single line drawing of a kookaburra that was probably meant for use in the The Zoo Book, but was not used.

Source of illustrations: One original drawing not seen elsewhere; At the Farm.

Printing history: not stated

Printed by: Printed in Great Britain at the Press of the Publishers

Notes: My copy of the book has an inscription dated 'Xmas 1925', which is taken to be the year of publication.

Image of cover

Cover of book, not by Blampied (click to enlarge)