Baring-Gould, William The Annotated Mother Goose.
Bramhall 1962. Hardcover in DJ. Good/Good
350 pp Illustrated by Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott, Kate Greenaway, Arthur Rackham, Maxfield Parrish and early historical woodcuts.
"Mother Goose rhymes are the heritage of all English Speaking People.They are the nursery rhymes, riddles, catches. games and jingles, lullabies, drinking songs, love songs, prayers and counting rhymes we all remember and love...This ample gathering contins more than 1000 items collected from the earliest surviving publications to the present day...The copious and erudite notes not only point out the meaning of the rhymes and words, but also explain the many political allusions, jokes, later parodies, puzzles, tricks, games, and an amazing number of other curiosities."