THE REMARKABLE HISTORY OF THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT. Splendidly Illustrated and Magnificently Illuminated by The Son of a Genius. Drawn on stone by H. G. Hine.
London: Grant & Griffith, 1854. 12 leaves, each lithographed on one side only and coloured by hand. Original decorative semi-stiff wrappers. Oblong 4to. 17.4 x 26.5 cm. First edition thus. Spine expertly restored; contemporary gift inscription on front endpaper; a few marks; but a very good copy of this wonderfully illustrated and rare book. Henry George Hine (1811-1895) was a well-known comic illustrator of the time, working for 'Punch' and 'The Illustrated London News.' He illustrated the Comic Almanack with George Cruikshank; also 'The Turkish Alphabet' by R. B. Brough. This example of the accumulative rhyme is first recorded in England in John Newbery's Nurse Truelove's New Years-Gift of 1755, although there are many examples which date from earlier times, including a Hebrew chant dating from 1590.