First edition thus. Publisher's original red patterned cloth with decorative titles in gilt to the upper board and spine. Profusely illustrated throughout with around 100 hand-coloured wood engravings, including one folding. A very good copy, the binding firm with some marking to the spine and lower board and wear to the corners. Expertly re-backed with the original spine re-laid and with the insertion of new endpapers. The slightly shaken contents with an old paper repair to the verso of one of the folds of the folding plate and the occasional minor mark to a handful of pages are otherwise in very good order throughout.
A most uncommon compilation of Dean's wonderfully colourful, and often bizarre, juvenile picture books, comprising nine separate stories in one volume, including: "The Dog's Dinner Party"; "The Prince and His Three Gifts"; "The Three Useful Giants"; "The Mouse and Her Sons"; "The Cats' Party"; "The Little Pig's Ramble from Home"; "The Little Pig's Tale"; "The Donkey's Party and Feast"; and "The Seven Wonderful Brothers". Somewhat confusingly, the illustrated title page for "The Funny Story Book", a slightly earlier compilation volume which was composed of three of the stories which also appear here, is bound in at the beginning as if it were the title of the present work. This bumper combined edition appears considerably scarcer than its constituent parts, with only three institutional copies recorded on WorldCat (British Library, Library of Congress, Univ. Rochester), and with one further copy in the Osborne Collection.
Stock code: 20660
London: Dean & Son.