"Printed in Great Britain" stated - no date of publication; Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltp "Publishers to Their Majesties the King & Queen" stated; illustrated by Harold Copping; includes a pastedown certificate inside front cover stating purchased at the Old Curiosity Shop in Kingsway, London "Immortalizzed by Charles Dickens, Established 1567" - see pic; larger hardbound in navy blue boards with gilt decor and gilt lettering on cover and spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; wonderful black and white and color illustratons; no dust jacket.
Extract: TROTTY VECK AND HIS DAUGHTER MEG. "TROTTY" seems a strange name for an old man, but it was given to Toby Veck because of his always going at a trot to do his errands; for he was a porter, and carried letters and messages for people who were in too great a hurry to send them by the post. He did not earn very much, and had to be out in all weathers and all day long. But Toby was of a cheerful disposition, and looked on the bright side of everything. His greatest joy was his dear daughter Meg, who loved him dearly. One cold day Toby had been trotting up and down in his usual place before the church, when the bells chimed twelve o'clock, which made Toby think of dinner. "There's nothing," he remarked, "more regular in coming round than dinner-time, and nothing less regular in coming round than dinner. That's the great difference between 'em." He went on talking to himself never noticing who was coming near to him. "Why, father, father," said a pleasant voice, and Toby turned to find his daughter's sweet, bright eyes close to his. "Why, pet," said he, kissing her, "what's-to-do?