Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951. 21x13.5cm: 137pp. First Edition, First Printing. Drawings by Barbara Corrigan. Red cloth boards with author’s monogram blindstamped to front cover. Gilt titling to spine. Minor fading to board edges. Corners bumped. Interior clean, except for an old paperclip indentation on top of pgs. 11-16. Soiling to dust jacket with some chips and tears along edges. Amateur tape repair to verso of jacket. Better than Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket.
Nash compiled these 121 verses for a younger generation, although he asserts that this is not a children’s book. In the book’s foreword, Nash writes ‘I have written a lot of verses about children, but they are of no interest to children, as they were written for parents; on the other hand I have been pleased to discover that some of the pieces dealing with the aberrations and anomalies of the adult world have found favor here and there among kids.’ Nash concludes the foreword in a typical Nash way of humor and insight, ‘Perhaps this particular collection may persuade our young to treat us more gently when they take over.’.