London: Charles H. Kelly, 1899.
First Edition. Hardcover. 7 5/8" X 5 1/4". 349pp, plus one leaf of ads. Dark blue cloth over bevelled boards, with spine lettered in gilt. Heavy edgewear and scattered rubbing to cloth, with corners bumped and rubbed to boards and light soiling. Top edge gilt. Lean to spine. Hinges a little tender. Attendance Prize bookplate to front pastedown from Chapel Street P.S.A. Brotherhood of Blackburn, dated 1902. Some erased marks to front free endpaper. Tissue guarded frontispiece with plates and vignettes throughout. A tale of working class Lancashire in that dialect by Yorkshireman Reverend Frederick R. Smith, writing under the pseudonym John Ackworth to keep his non-ecclesiastical, popular fiction writings on the down low. Good. Item #1935