The Abbey Girls on Trial is at least the twelfth edition in The Abbey Girls children's series by Elsie J. Oxenham, published between 1914 and 1959. This edition was published by Collins as a 'fat orange' (a relatively thick text block with orange boards) and is not dated. The boards and spine are bound in orange cloth, with the book title and author's name in silver lettering on the front. Lettering on the spine is the same but also including the publisher (Collins) at the bottom. The orange cloth is faded by light, particularly on the spine and around edge, as if placed on a shelf behind a smaller book. Parts of the front board and most of the back board are additionally water stained. Most of the corners are bumped, although the pages are not dog-eared.
The endpapers, fly leafs, gutters and bottom/fore edges are foxed, although the pages are in good condition. Both hinges are strong and the binding is tight. The edges of the boards and pages are shelf worn, but discoloured. The top edges of the pages are deliberately coloured orange by the manufacturers. There is one colour plate of the 'Abbey girls' as a frontis piece, labelled 'On trial!' The boards are not pictorial or decorated, nor is there a surviving dust jacket. As there is no price, it has not been price clipped and there is no writing from the previous owner. Overall, the pages are in better condition than the boards and end papers, so the book would make a good reading copy. As a 'fat orange' it may suit completists.