London: Henry Frowde and Hodder & Stoughton, no date [circa 1910] miniature book in slipcase with dull green boards, pink plate of little doll with a muff in a snowstorm on board and case, endpapers with delicate striped design of green vines and lavender flowers, green print, unsigned coloured frontis with different illustration, bound with signatures inserted and tied with purple pearl cotton with one 3/4" end; case is 2.25x2.25x3/4" thick, and book is slightly smaller; 64 pp. Small hardback.
A big story in a tiny book. The no-nonsense Doll in Dimity arrives to cure Mabel May of her dreadful treatment of her dolls. First she wakes Mabel up and makes her clean and mend her many abandoned dolls and stitch their clothes. Then with a firm grip she steers Mabel through the streets, followed by a parade of dolls in search of poor children who will love them more. Needless to say, Mabel May reforms and learns to love. (19th c dolls like wax and wax over composition mentioned).
CONDITION: Near Fine in Very Good Plus box; original bookseller tag from Butterfield, Bookseller and at that time publisher, in historic Boston, book paper is grayer than slipcase paper but does not appear faded, perhaps a different sheet was used; only flaw in the slipcase is one corner tip rubbed to board. Note: what appear in the image to be white spots are identically placed on cover plate and slipcase plate... snow. Item #20275