RANSOME, Arthur (author). A.D. (illustrator). The Imp And The Elf And The Ogre. London; James Nisbet & Co., Limited. 1910.
Small square 8vo. Original light green cloth-backed glazed and textured paper-covered boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, top edges gilt, others untrimmed; pp. [ii], 3-263; with frontispiece and 3 other accomplished plates after engravings by A.D. (as yet unidentified); a pretty little copy with fading and rubbing to spine cloth and dulling to gilt, abrasions to edges, and small wear to forecorners; internally generally very good and sound with top forecorner neatly excised from blank front free endpaper, speckling and dusting to edges of book block, and occasional marginal thumbing and light foxing; very scarce, especially in this condition.
First edition thus, first issue, with the additional conjunction in the title. A collection of three works previously issued separately as Things in Our Garden (1906), The Child's Book of the Seasons (1906) and Pond and Stream (1906), now with new illustrations and partially reset. Ransome published very little before 1910 and these stories represent his first foray into the juvenile market. His best-known work, Swallows and Amazons did not appear until 1930.
Only 3 copies listed on Copac (B.L.; Oxford and Cambridge) with 5 additional examples appearing on WorldCat (B.L. Ref.; Nat. Lib. of Scotland; Leeds; Georgetown and Bibliothèque Nationale de France).