Norroy [Browne, H. F.], A Tale of a Whale/The Strange Adventures of a Carp (Dean & Son: London, ND )
Octavo. 40 pages.
Bound in printed paper-covered boards with cloth backstrip. Front cover depicts “A Tale of a Whale”, rear cover depicts “The Strange Adventures of a Carp” with the wonderful address of 160A Fleet Street.
Condition: Good-minus. Front cover warped, front and rear free endpapers detached and ragged but included. Edgewear to all sides of front and rear covers. Cracked rear hinge. The pages show mild to moderate age toning and some marginal smudging/spotting.
“Written and illustrated by “Norroy” – two clever nursery rhymes for old and young, giving the history of an adventurous whale and an equally adventurous carp, illustrated by innumerable quaint vignettes, initials and tailpieces.” – The Bookseller, July 5, 1884
Relatively rare, two copies in libraries throughout the world, one in the British Museum, one at Harvard. Two copies total available in libraries plus this one…