London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne: Cassell and Company, 1910/1893, red boards with narrow paste-on plate of Sweet Content and Buttercup from "In Summer-Land", gilt titles and spine decoration, plain top edge and eps, 8 uncredited colour plates present, as issued, 280 pp + 8 pp Cassell's Gift Catalogue at end. Juvenile hardback.
Four orphans are summoned by the King to travel to his kingdom Beyond the Blue Mountains to rejoin their parents. One brother sister pair proceeds fairly quickly on the upward path, the other takes longer , succumbing to many temptations. An engaging fairytale/allegory "derived from Pilgrim's Progress but set in a flower-fairy children's world" (Bratton) and told in simple language. L. M. Meade, was a prolific Irish writer who essentially established the girls' school story. Original price, from catalogue, was 3/6.
CONDITION: Very Good; no names, slight slant, spine a bit faded and faint moisture tide on edge, not showing in interior, binding and pages clean, lightly foxed half title. Item #22115