New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1, 3, and 5 Bond Street, 1888/ 1st US, tp; brown cloth with fine drawing of white snowy landscape, gilt titles, and two vignettes, of the crippled charcoal burner Jean Paqualin, and of the dignified old tabby cat Cincinnatus staring at the fire, gilt titles on spine with pine boughs, all edges red, brown endpapers; frontis, decorated title page and 8 black and white plates, as issued; drawings in text, ; 6 x 8"; 168 pp. JUvenile hardback.
Peter, a believably sweet and innocent little child, has two friends, the stuffy Cincinnatus, and the bitter crippled hermit Jean Paqualin, who is hated in the small French village near his home in the pine forest. A touching, romantic book. Mary Harrison (1852 - 1931), the daughter of Charles Kingsley, and an author of best-selling novels in the 1920's was admired by famous writers in her day. She died in poverty and her works are only recently being revived. Fine woodblock plates and illustrations in text by Hardy (1862 - 1942).
CONDITION: Very Good, no names, cover and spine bright, 1/8" slant and lightly bumped corners, rubbed extrems and bottom corner of top board quite bumped, opens freely, occasional foxing incld title page/frontis, closed margin tear on front endpaper. Item #22591