1865 ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF A FROG HE WOULD A-WOOING GO, IN ORIGINAL PICTORIAL BOARDS
STEPHENS, H.L. A Frog He Would A Wooing Go. New York: Hurd & Houghton, 1865. Quarto, original pictorial paper boards respined. $600.
Early illustrated edition of this 19th-century children's book, wonderfully illustrated with 16 lithographs after etchings by H.L. Stephens.
Commonly known as the folksong "Froggie Went A-Courting" or "Frog He Went A-Courting," this charmingly illustrated verse retelling reintroduces the classic characters of Mr. Frog, Mr. Rat, Mrs. Mousey, and the dastardly cats. The first edition with illustrations by Stephens was published in 1864. Neat ink owner signatures on front board and title page.
Small marginal tear to first page of text, occasional faint soiling to interior, wear and soiling to original boards. A very good copy.