ELIZA. Barry Pain, Eric Odell.

ELIZA. Boston: Dana Estes & Company Publishers, [1904]. Octavo, pp. [1-10] [1-2] 3-199 [200-202: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], seven full-page illustrations by Wallace Goldsmith, original cloth-backed pictorial boards, printed in red and black. First U.S. edition. First of five books in the Eliza series. "These comic writings by Pain are still genuinely funny and were reprinted not long ago in an omnibus volume. They are narrated by an office worker who is hanging on by his teeth to a lower rung of the middle class. His misadventures, in London, in the suburbs and on holiday, are deliciously funny for the way he gives himself away as a ridiculous, yet pathetic, figure who is always trying to live beyond his slender means -- financial, intellectual and moral. Eliza is his wife, an eminently sensible and long-suffering woman whose virtues are lost on her husband. The faint undertone of desperation gives the comedy some bite. Just as readable and impressive as his horror fiction." - Robert Eldridge. NCBEL IV 698. Binding rubbed at edges, mainly corner tips, a very good copy. (#115620).

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