Editions of other works by, or about, Randolph Caldecott
This "affectionate remembrance" was published within 12 months of Randolph's death: the Preface is dated September 1886. The first edition, published by Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, of Crown Buildings, 188 Fleet Street, London, had green hardback cloth covers and was h. 8¾ in x w. 6½ in. (222 x 165 mm.) On the front cover was Randolph's picture of a shepherd playing a clarinet-like instrument to his sheep: the shepherd looks remarkably like Randolph himself. The pages were edged with gold leaf.
By 1892, the publishers (now simplified to "Sampson, Low Marston & Company") had produced a "New and Cheaper Edition", simply by reducing the page margins. The hardback cloth covers this time were red, and the size was reduced to h. 8 in x w. 5¾ in (205 x 147 mm), with the same front cover illustration.
We have been told about another copy "bound in black leather, with ridges on the spine, gold lettering on the spine, and ornate decoration in gold. The pages are gilded only at the top and appear rather uneven at the bottom. Opposite (facing ) the dedication page at the bottom is printed 'Richard Clay and Sons, London and Bungay'. The end papers are beautiful marbled papers and a great many of the illustrations are not printed within the book, but ... glued onto the pages. On the spine is printed in gold, along with the words Randolph Caldecott and Blackburn, the words EXTRA ILLUSTRATED." We are aware that publishers in late-Victorian days did sometimes produce a variety of editions to attract different "classes" of buyer, and this sounds like a classic example of an "up-market special".
In 1986, the Centenary of Randolph's death, this book was re-issued in a paperback edition.
Buying, and prices
There are usually copies of this book available for sale on www.abebooks.co.uk or www.abebooks.com. In Jan 2005, for example, there were 8 copies of various editions (and in various conditions) on sale at asking prices between GB£16 (US$ 30) and GB£ 80 (US$ 150).