Place Published: Toronto
Publisher: William Briggs
Date Published: 1895
Variant blue-grey cloth, spine stamped in guilt (also noted in maroon, dark green and grey cloth) Floral endpapers. (ii), one ad pages. No blank leaf after the ads and possibly lacking. Frontispiece portrait with tissue guard inserted. Ex Library with light evidence of removed spine label; rubber stamps and ink notation to endpapers, but no other library marks. Covers have light soiling, rubbing. Otherwise a very good copy.
This is quoted from ‘Editor’s Note’, her grandniece, Mary Agnes Fitzgibbons at the front of this book;
“The following paragraph from a letter dated Nov. 1st, 1895, in which she replies to my wish to include a story I had not found among the MS. sent me, is so characteristic, I make no apology for quoting it: "Among my rough copy I found some portions of 'The English Sparrows: their treatment in the United States, and flight to Canada.' I could have done something with the fragments had I not been taken ill. It was the very article that had been so marred by the mice; handfuls of the MS., the very best of it, lay in chips in the drawer. Those hungry varmints had devoured the most telling portions of the tale, made beds of the most touching incidents in the last hours of paterfamilias, after his loyal exhortations to his numerous family to follow his example, fight the Yankee birds, and die gloriously under the ancient and honorable British flag, the Union Jack."