Stories Told to Children by Michael Fairless (Duckworth, 1914) illustrated by Flora White
Stories Told to Children
by Michael Fairless [Margaret Fairless Barber]
illustrated by Flora White
Duckworth & Co., 1914
First published in The Grey Brethren (Duckworth, 1905), this being the first illustrated edition.
Preface by Mary Emily Dowson [William Scott Palmer], co-author with A. M. Haggard (Michael Fairless’ sister) of Michael Fairless: her life and writings (Duckworth, 1913).
Hardback – publisher’s cloth with gilt titles and decoration to spine and front board, blind embossed decoration to rear. 201pp including eight colour plates. 8.75 x 6.25 inches approx. (220mm x 160mm).
Covers showing wear and rubbing to extremities; cloth a touch mottled or faded in places; spine darkened and dull. Offsetting to endpapers with an interesting ownership inscription* to front; spotting to edges and scattered foxing throughout, heavy in places, but pages generally clean.
Nonetheless, remaining a nice, attactive copy.
*The former copy of Mary Snowden Braithwaite née Thomas, American wife of Isaac (IBIS Engineering, Kendal), who had inherited Ghyll Close from his father Charles in 1911. Both from prominent Quaker families, Isaac and Mary were wardens at Woodbrooke, 1907-14. Elizabeth Ransome Wilson (1923-2014) was their great-niece.