The Oxford Dictionary Of Nursery Rhyme
Author: Iona & Peter Opie
Publication date: 1958 (rev 1998)
Oxford University Press
A reference work that lists over 500 traditional nursery rhymes, songs, nonsense jingles and similar. Each entry is accompanied by illustrations and extensive notes describe the origin, development and usage of the rhyme.
The second edition, published in 1998, revised and extended the notes to reflect advances in research during the years since the first edition.