Copyright 1889 by McLoughlin Bros. New York
Some of the thin books are incredibly fragile, and one is torn clear through. This looks like a great scanning/restoration project for digital images!
I love the old detailed illustrations. They are printed in just two ink colors -- black and red. And there are no halftone screens as in today's photolithography. All the gradations are made with stippling, so I wonder if these might be some kind of etchings?
Then again, this image (from a series called "Mama Lovechild's Series"), sure looks like a woodcut, which was a popular technique in the years before the turn of the century (according to this exhibit).
Did you know there were Five Little Pigs? Or that Mother Goose has a son named Jack??? I really enjoyed flipping through the quaint titles.
There were other cool books in the envelope too, which I'm still going through...oh heaven! Including a Christmas storybook in full color.