THE LAND OF LONG AGO, by L.L. Weedon and E. Stuart Hardy - 1890 [1st Ed., pop-ups]


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The Land of Long Ago:  A Visit to Fairland with Humpty Dumpty

A Novel Picture Book for Children

by L.L. Weedon

illustrated by E. Stuart Hardy

First edition.  London and New York:  Ernest Nister and E.P. Dutton & Co., respectively [1890]

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Illustrated front covers with chromolithograph showing Humpty Dumpty and nursery rhyme characters shown as children. 
  • Boards show wear, smudges, aging, scuffing, and edgewear.  Corners are worn and frayed, with exposed board.
  • Brown cloth spine has crushed and frayed ends.
  • Binding is intact, fragile at rear cover.  Some pages have professional restoration at point of attachment.  See photos for details.
  • Patterned end papers/ pastedowns are toned.  Front fep shows crease marks; a bookseller mark on one corner. 
  • Illustrations are bright and clear.  Six large chromolithographed full page pull-down pop-up scenes in tiers and delicately die-cut.  Some professional restoratio to pop-up action.  See photographs.  
  • Interior is age-toned.   
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • PS2022.1207

Unpaginated.  12.5 x 10.25 inches

Described as a novel picture book for children, The Land of Long Ago combines nursery rhymes and fairy tales in an inventive way, as two children are led by Humpty Dumpty over a brick wall into a magical fairyland.  Full page pop-up scenes illustrate the stories of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and others, while pen and ink drawings in the text accompany the nursery rhymes incorporated into the tale of Hugh and Molly.   

Published in London by Ernest Nister and in New York by E.P. Dutton & Co.  Printed in Bavaria.  

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