Mrs Brown on Cleopatra's Needle

SKETCHLEY, Arthur, [George ROSE]. Mrs Brown on Cleopatra's Needle.

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SKETCHLEY, Arthur, [George ROSE]. Mrs Brown on Cleopatra's Needle. London: George Routledge and Sons, [1878].

Small 8vo., decorative yellow boards printed in black, red and blue, with obelisk showing the protagonist's initials 'MB'; lettering in black direct to spine; rear board with J. Allison & Co silk advertisment; end papers showing other two shilling and 'cheap' books; pp. 154; boards rather rubbed all over, with chipping to corners and edges, and some webbing showing through at head and foot of spine; pages lightly toned throughout but binding firm and with cover image retaining much of its original colour.
Undated, presumed First Edition. The Obelisk was errected in 1878.
A charming Victorian 'Cheap' novel, one of many in the Mrs Brown canon, each featuring a whimsical cover and revolving around tales of an illiterate old woman of the lower middle class on her travels. George Rose was a dramatist, novelist, and humorous entertainer, who wrote under the pseudonym Arthur Sketchley. His protagonist is said to be based upon Dickens's Mrs. Gamp.
One of the scarcer titles in the series.