Lob Lie-By-The-Fire and The Story of a Short Life by Mrs Ewing - First Edition Children's Books - Vintage Child Book, 1960s


1964 UK edition of Lob Lie-By-The-Fire or The Luck of Lingborough and The Story of a Short Life by Mrs. Ewing.

Written by Juliana Horatia Gatty (Mrs. Ewing). Illustrators: The Story of a Short Life by H. M. Brock; Lob Lie-By-The-Fire by Randolph Caldecott. 1964 UK edition. J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd London; E. P. Dutton & Co Inc New York. Published in Great Britain by the Aldine Press. #64 in Dent's Children's Illustrated Classics series.

Juliana Horatia Gatty (1841 - 1885) was a talented and widely-admired English author whose work inspired authors such as Rudyard Kipling and Edith Nesbit. Her children's books include The Brownies, the inspiration for the Girl Scouts' Brownies, Jan of the Windmill, Daddy Darwin's Dovecot, A Flatiron for a Farthing, and many others.


"There looms over some people whom we know a nameless charm," wrote an early admirer of these stores. "A charm like this breathes over the stories which Mrs. Ewing has left as an inheritance for English children, and their elders also for all time." This charm lingers more powerfully over Lob than over any of Mrs. Ewing's books, and wafts us back into a delectable past that recalls Cranford; but at Lingborough the spring wind is blowing, and strange things are happening to hold our attention from the first page to the last. It is the story of a foundling, and of a Brownie - of the household elf "Lob" - woven together very charmingly in its period setting, and its cleverly drawn characters and plot are compelling and irresistible."

"The Story of a Short Life" uses the British Army background with which Mrs. Ewing was so familiar, and is most poignant in its revelation of the suffering and courage of a spoilt child, "whose dearest ambitions were never to be fulfilled".

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Condition*: Near Fine/Good. Dust jacket: Price-clipped; scuffed on the front, top right corner; small closed tears at top right corner, head of the spine; minor shelf wear.

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