This book, probably published in the 1910s, is part of Blackie's "Dainty" Children's Library. It tells of a boy called Freddy, confined to bed with a serious illness, who spends time building a house with a set of bricks he has been given. Various other unearthly characters appear, to live in the house, or otherwise become involved, and the tale progresses through Freddy's recovery to the eventual dismantling of the house and his departure on holiday.
Agnes Grozier Herbertson (b. c1875) wrote many children's books, as well as 6 novels for adults. Born into a Scottish family, living in Oslo (her father was employed by a shipping company), she and her younger sister (Jessie Leckie Herbertson, also a writer) and the two lived together from the late 1930s, eventually retiring to the Edinburgh area.
Florence Susan Harrison (known to surviving family as Aunt Florrie) was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1877. Her father was a sailor and Florence spent much of her early childhood on board ships. In between voyages she attended a school in Folkestone, England which was run by a family member. As a book illustrator she worked mainly for Blackie and Son, illustrating a number of books of verse, on a fairy theme, "Rhymes and Reasons" (1905), "Rhyme of a Run" (1907), "In the Fairy Ring" (1908) and "Elfin Song" (1912). Her drawings are vibrant, richly coloured and characterised by a strong black outline around the figures.
Our copy is undated with an inscription on ffep indicating that it was given as a school prize in 1924. No dust jacket. It is bound in olive-green paper-covered boards with similar-coloured cloth spine; a coloured pastedown of 2 children on a swing on the front, bordered by a dark green line. Title etc in dark green lettering on front and spine. External wear is consistent with age - rubbing of edges, shelf wear to top & tail of spine with slight damage, fading of edges and a stain on the back. Inside, the binding is generally firm, though there are half-detached pages at pp. 80-81. Very slight foxing here and there. A number of pages somewhat browned, and evidence of unsuitable bookmarks (?sweet papers, other types of paper) is visible in 4 or 5 locations. Apart from these defects, however, the pages are generally clean and bright. All illustrations present.