London: Griffith and Farran and New York: E. P. Dutton, March,1883/1881, printed for US Dutton by Morrison and Gibb, Edinburgh; red boards with gilt titles, black decorative stamping and a picture of Hilda reading in her outdoor school bower, yellow. Juvenile hardback.
Hilda played happily in her Greneda, West Indies home, unaware that she was soon to be sent thousands of miles away, to France, to school. Her father felt the experience of "finding her level" would be good for her character, but for a long time she was miserable at school. Her classmates teased her for the wonderful gift her nurse had given her, a beautiful handmade West Indian doll. The international flavour of this book keeps it from being a Sunday School tract.
CONDITION: Very Good; 20th c bookplate, boards bright, spine a bit dull, corners bumped, a little soil on back, opens loosely with front & rear hinges showing but holding well (constructed with fixed endpapers only), clean. Item #17730