London: Blackie & Son, Ltd., 50 Old Bailey and New York: Chas. Scribner's Sons, 153 5th Ave; 1900, 1st US; green boards, gilt titles, stamped brown and green full illustration of children (less Piers) riding and leading a wolf covered in sheep skin; decorations and gilt titles on spine, gilt all around; dull green endpapers with children greeting an imaginary pirate Uncle Tom, coloured frontis of children and their father in the Wilderness, about 80 listed illustrations and others, 6.25x8.75"; 216 pp. Juvenile hardback.
What begins as a pleasant turn of the century family story develops into a frightening mystery, centered on the mysterious appearance of the children's Australian Uncle. Very brave little girls in this story.
CONDITION: Very Good; 1903 gift inscription, no other marks, gilt bright, straight, opens very freely and signatures lie unevenly, repaired hinge, light bumps to extrems, frontis edge rough, toned pages unwrinkled and clean. Item #21026