Ashford, Daisy The Young Visitors or, Mr. Salteena's Plan
New York George H. Doran Company 1919 First American Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket
105 pp. Beige boards depicting gray marionettes in silhouette on both front, back and spine. Boards are somewhat sunned, with spine paper splitting in front and pulling away from the webbing. Some foxing. Frontispiece is a portrait of the young author.
E.M. Barrie introduces this charming portrait of the Victorian "High Life" by a remarkable nine-year-old girl: "Except for the smirk on her face, all I can learn of her now is that she was one of a small family who lived in the country, invented their own games, dodged the governess and let the rest of the world go hang. She read everything that came her way, including, as the context amply proves, the grown-up novels of the period. 'I adored writing and used to pray for bad weather, so that I need not go out but could stay in and write.'" The manuscript is presented as it was found, with the author's charmingly idiosyncratic spelling kept intact.; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall