TALES OF AN OLD CHATEAU. Chicago: A. C. McClurg and Co., 1899. Small octavo, pp. [1-2] [1-16] 17-235 [236] [237: ad] [238: blank], twelve full-page illustrations by Helen Maitland Armstrong as well as a decorative title page and other vignettes, original decorated beige cloth, front panel stamped in black and gold, spine panel stamped in gold (binding designed by Margaret Armstrong). First edition. Collection of five short stories set in France during the Revolution. A preface titled "To My Young Readers" is the only indication that the book was meant for children. The illustrator was the sister of the better-known designer, Margaret Armstrong. Helen was regarded as superior in the area of figure drawing. Her work reminds one of Walter Crane. The binding design (signed "MA") is the work of Margaret. The book is more likely to appeal to adults now rather than children -- and more for the sake of its artwork rather than its writing. Common enough in libraries but a bit scarce to the trade. Not in Wright (who apparently considered it a juvenile). 1899 Christmas gift inscription on front free endpaper. Cloth worn at lower spine end and one of the upper corner tips, mild dust soiling to the light-colored cloth, a very good copy. (#117399).

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