Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore was first performed at the Opera Comique in London in 1978. It ran for 571 performances, the second-longest run for any musical to date. The opera subsequently became equally successful internationally. It poked fun at several sacred cows of Victorian Britain, including class prejudice, patriotism, politics, and the Royal Navy.
In 1908 W. S. Gilbert, who had written the original libretto, produced a companion book aimed (mostly) at children. THE PINAFORE PICTURE BOOK tells the story of the opera, illustrated with 16 watercolor paintings and 12 line drawings by Alice B. Woodward.
The PPP miniature edition of The Pinafore Picture Book includes the entire text and all the illustrations from the original edition.
The book is bound in pink cloth, with an illustration of a Royal Navy warship like the H.M.S. Pinafore on the front cover, inspired by the printed cover of the original 1908 edition.
The Pinafore Picture Book consists of 160 pages, with overall dimensions of 74 x 63 mm (2-7/8 x 2-1/2 inches). The edition consists of 20 copies, priced at $50 each, plus $7 for shipping and handling.