London: Ernest Nister, [n.d., ca. 1905]. First edition. Some light rubbing to boards. Red cloth spine. Gray-and-white floral endpapers. Some cracking at gutters. Light toning to margins. Contemporary gift signature on front free endpaper (“To Philip From Dorothy Verdon”). A very good, bright, and clean copy of this scarce children’s picture book. Original pictorial boards with color illustration of a cat conducting an orchestra. Quarto (8 ” by 10”).  pp.With fully illustrated half-title and title-page plus illustrations on forty-five other pages. Illustrations in black-and-white. Item #16819
The verse in the present work is credited primarily to the English composer Graham Clifton Bigham (1859 – 1913), who composed “Love’s Old Sweet Song” and contributed verse to The Animals’ Rebellion, Christmas in Animal Land, and other Ernest Nister titles. Another source for the verse is the English lawyer, author, and lyricist Frederic Edward Weatherly (1848 – 1929) whose most famous compositions include “Danny Boy” and “Roses of Picardy.” His verse also appears in the Nister pop-up book What the Children Like.
Additional illustrations and verse in the present book are credited to W. Foster, Maria A. Hoyer, and Mary Boyle. Their work also appears in other contemporary Nister titles, though we could not find any additional information about those individuals in the sources available to us. OCLC notes two copies in England and two in the U.S.