New York: E.P. Dutton & Co. hardcover. 13 leaves with poems and text illustrated with color lithographs, printed on heavy boards and hinged with linen. 4to, original cloth-backed pictorial red boards; spine re-backed with plain cloth. London & New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., (no date, circa 1902). A good only copy of this very charming and uncommon book; pages are intact but with wear at corners; some mild toning at margins and two plates have very faint ghosting from erased pencil; two leaves are affixed with old tape, one on the image itself. good.
This charming children's book tells of the adventures of the Tin Tans: kitchen utensils who come alive when their human owners aren't around. Candlesticks, kettles, teacups, clocks, and more each get their own rhyming stories, all of which are lovingly illustrated with comic scenes. The book, originally printed in Bavaria, even includes the music for the Tin Tan Band for children to play along to. Other Tin Tans, however, are more mischievous, and some of the stories at the end take a more sinister turn, as was common in turn-of-the-century children's books. The title page features childhood photos of the authors framed in decorative roundels.