London: Mitchell Hughes and Clarke, 1907.
First Edition. Leather bound. 7 1/4" X 5". viii, 277pp, plus tipped in: "A Few Thoughts from a Sick Bed on New Year's Eve, 1906." Halfbound in calf with blue cloth over boards. Spine lettered in gilt over red labels. Heavy edgewear, with rubbing through to boards at edges and corners and scattered rubbing. Top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers. Bookseller stamp to verso of front free endpaper. Pages clean. Binding is tight and sound. Only 4 copies in OCLC at time of posting, all located in the U.K. Scarce. A collection of stories by the wife of the Vicar of All Saints, written while she was "chained to a bed of sickness and suffering during seven long and weary months--a period when the brain, quite unable to lie absolutely fallow, found a vent for its energies in the following stray leaves, weaving into them the emancipations of a spirit that refused to be subdued by the flesh" (Preface). From Miscellanea Genealogica Et Heraldica Volume II, Fourth Series (1908): "The comical is mixed up excellently with some sad stories, and 'How Tommy Tompkins got a Wife' is a story well told. 'In Love's young Dream' all was happy at last, while in another story of reverting to our 'first loves,' the account is given of a widow whose consolation was in frequently visiting the churchyard to look at the graves of her three husbands, whom she had buried next to each other, with a suitable gravestone to each. One day, however, she received a letter from Australia from her first sweetheart, who having heard she was a widow, wrote to her proposing marriage, and having taken a farewell look at the three graves, and heaved a sigh, she took ship to Australia, and there married her fourth husband. The stories are so excellently blended in spirit, that the book will be appreciated by all who are lucky enough to get a copy, for our kind Authoress has given the major part of a small edition away to her young scholars and friends. It can be taken up at any time to read the stories in it, and passed round to parents as well as to children to read" (298). Good +. Item #1778