Child! Do not throw this book about:
Refrain from the unholy pleasure
Of cutting all the pictures out!
Preserve it as your chiefest treasure.
Hmm. Margaret Ronald who received this for Christmas 1918 was either naughty, or illiterate or both for not only has she thrown the book about completely destroying the spine and nearly detaching the covers, she has also spilt her supper on the cover……. Having said that, this book first appeared 1896 and as this is undated it may be a first, or at any rate a very early edition.
The Bad Child’s Book of Beasts
Verses by H. Belloc
Pictures by Basil T Blackwood (B.T.B.)
Published by Duckworth and Co
3 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden
48 pages. Size 6½ x 8½ inches. Condition: pages okay, cover a bit dodgy.
Adult! Do not throw this book about
Or use it as a mat
For coffee rings and wine and things
Will make it look even worse than it does already.