London: Wells, Gardner, Darton & Co. Ltd., New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company Publishers, 1906, 1st printing, colophon on verso of half title page; ivory cloth boards, with early 19th c girl and boy standing at the gates to a golden door; cream, brown and orange, gilt titles, door, and decorated spine, frontis and decorated title page are finely coloured; monochrome illustrations, full page and in text; publisher's "superfine" paper; large 8vo; gilt top edge; 425 pp; ad for similar volume of the Taylor sisters' poems. Juvenile hardback.
A companion volume to his "Old-Fashioned Tales" (1905). Twenty stories from early writers for children 1830 to 1890, intended to be representative. Lady Anne, the longest story in the book, is a lovely riches to rags to riches tale that shows the lives of the poor in the early 19th c. Charming illustrations: Lucas says, "Mr. Bedford is one of those rare artists who read a story first. "
CONDITION: Very Good; bright gilt, no names, binding straight, thinly cracked on two interior openings; upper spine and back corner bumped, some light foxing on board margins, small tape stains on free front endpaper; interior paper darkening a little but flat and clean; nice plates, darkening frontis tissue guard unwrinkled. Judging by the ad in back the price was probably 6s. Item #18847