New York, NY: Frederick Warne and Co., 1909. [Children's Illustrated] FIRST US EDITION. (19 x 15cm), pp.52. With 10 chromolithographic plates including a frontispiece by the author, and many in-text illustrations. Publisher's green paper-covered boards with darker green titles to spine and upper board, as well as a large chromolithographic shop-front illustration laid over. Illustrated endpapers matching Quinby plates VIII and IX. Publisher's address 36 East 22d Street. Front hinge split but holding, ownership to flyleaf, bookseller's ticket to pastedown, textblock slightly shaken. Binding lightly rubbed and worn to extremities. Very good. An unfathomably dark story in which a valued local grocery shop which offers good service and credit goes bankrupt due to the fecklessness of its patrons, forcing the former owners into lives of crime and violence, which they seem to end up preferring. With a monopoly established, the one remaining village shop increases its prices, and a second later opens with a 'cash only' policy. Item #51723
Not in Quinby.
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