New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886. [Children's Literature] FINELY BOUND FIRST EDITION, second issue. Square octavo (21 x 17cm), pp.xii; 209 . With 26 illustrations after Reginald B. Birch. The second issue, showing J.J. Little on the copyright page. In a very fine binding of green full morocco, with raised bands, gilt titles and decoration to spine, and floral designs stamped in gilt to boards. All edges gilt, and marbled endpapers with gilt dentelle to turn-ins. Partially obscured bookseller's or binder's label of 'Howell' to fly-leaf. Armorial bookplate of Harleston Deacon to front pastedown. Another armorial bookplate of John Achelis to verso of fly-leaf. A few minor spots to preliminaries, and a repair to p.xi/xii with some offsetting to guttering of facing leaves; otherwise a crisp, clean copy. A few minor marks to boards, and quite heavy sunning to spine, with associated re-colouring. Joints just starting. Very good. The author's first children's novel. The accompanying illustrations by Reginald Birch set fashion trends, and 'Little Lord Fauntleroy' also set a precedent in copyright law when in 1888 its author won a lawsuit against E.V. Seebohm over the rights to theatrical adaptations of the work. Item #59366
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