This is one of a series of 'Mary Frances' books by Jane Eayre Fryer (1876- ), whose writings were very popular in the early 20th century. This volume first appeared in America in 1921, and this UK edition was published in 1923. It is a collection of children's stories, with a number of delightful illustrations by Edwin John Prittie (1879-1963), an American illustrator who worked for the publisher John Winston.
The book is in excellent condition for its age, bound in bright blue cloth with a paste-down illustration to the front cover, and title etc in slightly faded gilt on the spine. The top of the spine shows some damage, and the bottom and all corners are slightly shelfworn. Internally, the free endpapers are rather browned, the front one with a lighter square in the centre where the corresponding bookplate inside the front cover has protected it. There is minimal foxing to the long page edges, and some grubbiness at the bottom page corners. A brown stain, emanating from P.8, fades through pp. 3-15, but otherwise all pages are clean and bright with no markings. There is a facsimile signature by Jane Eyre Fryer on the second free front endpaper. The binding is generally firm, and overall this is an excellent copy of a fairly rare book. One for the collector.