1895. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, & Co., 1895.
8vo, xiii; 120 pp. 32 full-page, tipped-in illustrations, including frontispiece, plus 17 smaller illustrations within text. Original green cloth with decorative front cover and backstrip in gilt. All edges gilt. Dark green endpapers. A near fine copy. Ink signature at front "Maude Palmer Xmas 1895".
§ First edition, first printing. A lovely "Cranford" style binding decorated with designs by Hugh Thomson. “Influenced by Randolph Caldecott and the novels of Thackeray, Thomson (1860-1920) created an idyllic world of stage coaches, sedan chars, feasts and port wine... From the late 1880s he was continually in demand for the novels of Jane Austen, Fanny Burney, Mrs. Gaskell, Charles Reade and others as well as for contemporaries like J.M. Barrie and Austin Dobson” (Houfe, p. 479). Item #9094