Beyond the Blue Mountains. L. T. Meade, Elizabeth Thomasina Meade Smith.
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Beyond the Blue Mountains

London: Cassell & Company, Limited, 1873. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. A Very Good to Very Good + copy of the first edition, first printing with the front board and spine being illustrated in blue and gilt showing only mild rubbing to the spine ends and to the leading corner of each board, as well as surprisingly light wear to the front board and spine decorations, some modest over-opening in a few places and a small stain to the the closed page block's top edge which barely intrudes on the top margin of the affected pages -- altogether the nicest copy of this scarce volume that we ever have seen, complete with a frontispiece and five additional illustrations. Additionally, each chapter has a head piece and tail piece. Noted prolific Irish writer Elizabeth Thomasina Meade Smith, wrote hundreds of works, using the name L. T. Meade, with "Beyond the Blue Mountains" being a work for young readers. Meade, a pioneer of girls’ fiction, also wrote Mysteries, Short Stories, and other works. She was quite a prolific author and also was known as an ardent and committed feminist, becoming a member of the Pioneer Club, a progressive women's club named for Walt Whitman's poem "Pioneers! O Pioneers!" founded by social worker and temperance activist Emily Massingberd. The Irish times compared Meade to J. K. Rowling and stated as follows: "Like the creator of Harry Potter, Meade was a bestselling phenomenon who wrote across audiences and inspired devotion among her readers. She’s probably the most prolific author Ireland has ever produced. After moving to London in her early thirties, she published about 280 books, dominating the market for girls’ books in the latter decades of the nineteenth century. Her 1886 novel A World of Girls, which sold an impressive 37,000 copies, had a huge influence on girls’ school stories of the twentieth century by the likes of Enid Blyton. But she also wrote widely in crime fiction – her stories appeared in the Strand, alongside Sherlock Holmes – romance, ghost stories and many other genres besides, and she invented a number of sub-genres including the medical mystery....the former British children’s laureate Julia Donaldson picked Meade’s 1893 novel Beyond the Blue Mountains as her 'hidden gem'." A Very Good to Very Good+ copy and overall the best copy that we ever have seen. Very good +. Item #839

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