1903. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1903.
8vo, (1, ad), [x], 327 pp. Original green cloth, illustrated in green, pink, white and gray. Binding slightly faded, tips and backstrip ends lightly worn, upper hinge strengthened, closed tears in three leaves. Enclosed in a modern, custom box.
§ First edition, fourth printing, "B" binding (BAL 22632). With autograph letter loosely inserted, four pages on one folded leaf of stationary embossed "Bramall Hall, Nr. Stockport," dated June 2nd (no year, but after 1895). The author writes to a friend, Mrs Bell, while on a trip to England with her second husband George Christopher Riggs. She apologizes for her delay in writing, details her recent travels, and laments that being married to an "importer" limits the gifts she can bring home for friends. She signs in full: "Kate D. Riggs." Bramall Hall is a famous Tudor manor house in the north of England. A nice copy of this American children's classic, with a delightfully personal autograph letter. BAL 22632. Item #122746