This charming collection of nursery rhymes first appeared in 1954, and was a hugely successful book, winning the illustrator a 'special commendation' for the Carnegie Medal in that year. It includes many classic nursery rhymes, delightfully illustrated throughout by Harold Jones.
Harold Jones (1904–1992), British artist, illustrator and writer of children's books, was described as "perhaps the most original children's book illustrator of the period". Having established his reputation with lithographs illustrating "This Year: Next Year" (1937), a collection of verses by Walter de la Mare, he crowned his achievements with
"Lavender's Blue: A book of nursery rhymes" in 1954. This, as well as being recognised by the Carnegie Medal committee, was named a 'Notable Book' by the American Library Association and appeared on the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award list in 1960.
Kathleen Mary Lines (1902–1988) was a Canadian book critic, editor, anthologist and librarian. As well as 'Lavender's Blue', she also compiled and edited many other children's books.
Our copy is in good condition, with an unclipped dust jacket protected by a clear plastic cover which is slightly torn at the foot of the spine. The jacket itself shows a few signs of wear around the edges, there are one or two marks on the back, and a blue pencil star mark on the front flap, but otherwise it is in good general condition. The book itself is in illustrated boards (matching the dust jacket) with a cream cloth spine which is marred by a dark reddish stain which has 'bled' to the inside of the dust jacket. There is minor shelf wear to top & bottom of the spine, and minimal bumping of corners, but otherwise the exterior is in good condition. The long edge of the text block is somewhat stained. Inside, the binding is firm, with no loose pages; all pages are clear and bright; there is one small blue pencil mark on the page preceding the contents page (see photo).