London: T. Cautley Newby, 1873. Preliminary ad leaf in all three volumes, terminal ad leaf in Vols I & II. Original Celtic interlace blind-stamped royal blue cloth with spines stamped in gilt.
First Edition of Eleanor Stredder's second and last novel -- following THE RAVEN OF REDRUTH, published by Newby eleven years earlier. During the 1890s she re-surfaced in a big way, gaining some fame by writing numerous colonial and foreign tales for children, set in Africa, Australia, India, Canada, New Zealand Japan and China, all published by Nelson.
This is a bright, near-fine copy (tiny snag in one spine, minor speckling of one rear cover, some endpapers cracking). Thomas Cautley Newby, known today as the publisher who took a chance on WUTHERING HEIGHTS and both of Anne Brontë's novels (as well as Anthony Trollope's first novel), was not a major publisher; it is thus likely that this first edition -- like those famous other ones -- consisted of a small number of copies, as both of her novels are today quite scarce. Not in Sadleir (XIX); Wolff 6595. Item #14653