Mother Goose’s Quarto: or Melodies Complete (1825):
“Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater”

Mother Goose's Quarto: or Melodies Complete

Title: “Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater”

Medium: nursery rhyme

Publication date: 1825

Publisher: Munroe and Francis

Roud Folk Song Index Number: 13497

2 characters in this story:

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Pub. #
Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater (Peter)
(lead character)
lead character
  [nursery rhyme character] Munroe and Francis 11
Shirley Pumpkin Eater Shirley Pumpkin Eater (Shirley)
supporting character
  [wife of "Peter Pumpkin Eater"] Munroe and Francis 2

The earliest-known published version of the nursery rhyme "Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater" was published in 1825 in Boston, Massachusetts by Monroe and Francis in the volume Mother Goose's Quarto: or Melodies Complete. This book was not intended to publish new material. Rather, it collected the popular nursery rhymes of the time, so the nursery rhyme must have been known for some time before that.