Binding by Walter Crane. 7½ x 7 inches; engraved and printed in colour by Edmund Evans. Another example of Crane’s capacity to unite pattern-making with comic imagery. These books have become increasingly rare and the poor copy illustrated here is a typical example of the damage done by over-enthusiastic readers in the nursery; teeth marks can be found on the rear board and edges of this pored-over, much-loved copy.

Photograph and text by Simon Cooke [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.]


Crane, Walter. The Baby’s Opera. London: George Routledge & Sons [1877].

Created 23 January 2018