MOTHER GOOSE or THE GOLDEN EGG. Pr. 1s.
A printed slip bearing vertically six hand-coloured engraved ‘scenes’ with text beneath, from Thomas Dibdin’s pantomime, Harlequin and Mother goose; or, the Golden Egg, first performed at the Covent Garden Theatre in 1806, staring Joseph Grimaldi as the clown. No imprint or date, but probably contemporary with the pantomime, and almost certainly sold as a souvenir by a street seller. 318x 96 mm. The six engravings are captioned: 'Mother Goose brought before Squire Bugle, Colin rescues her.' [2.] 'She gives Colin the Goose which lays the golden Egg.' [3.] 'Changes Colin to Harlequin & the Squire to Clown.' [4.] 'The Clown's drollery at Vauxhall.' [5.] 'The Clowns elevation at Supper.' [6.] 'Ye Patrons kind who deign to view, The sport we'd fain produce, Accept our wish to pleasure you, And laugh at mother Goose.' The slip has seen some significant restoration, having been cut into six pieces at some point in its life and then reunited and laid down. Little ragged at edges, else very good. Rare. We have been unable to trace another copy.