New York, NY: Frederick Warne and Co., no date [circa 1919]. [Children's Illustrated] EARLY 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 12 East 33d Street. Black ink ownership inscription to half title dated December 1919, booksellers ticket to pastedown. An exceptionally clean and bright example with just a little light wear to outer edges and some bumping to spine. 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 #51724
Not in Quinby.
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