"AB-O'TH-YATE" SKETCHES AND OTHER SHORT STORIES ... Edited by James Dronsfield. Oldham: W. E. Clegg, 1896. Octavo, three volumes, original pictorial brown cloth, spine panels stamped in gold, t.e.g., other edges untrimmed. First edition. Posthumously published collection of sketches and stories in memory of the much-loved Lancashire writer born at Failsworth, near Manchester in 1825. The son of a hand loom weaver, Brierley went to work in the silk mills at the age of six. Village Sunday and night schools helped him win an education. He began publishing tales, verse and sketches of Lancashire life in the 1850s. He became a writer and journalist and in 1869 founded the popular BEN BRIERLEY'S JOURNAL, a weekly which ran until 1891. He died in 1896 at the age of 71. See Sutherland, Victorian Fiction, pp. 83-84 and DNB. Wolff 815. Each volume has a slight spine lean and the endpapers are tanned (as is usually the case), but this is still a handsome, about near fine set. (#113611).