THE FIRE BRIGADE or Fighting the Flames / A Tale
New York City, John W. Lovell Company ND, hb. Ill.: black-&-white illustrations. Bound in original decorated metallic -blue cloth. Small 8vo, pp. viii, 420. All plates present and placed as called for in List of Illustrations.
¶ Pasted to the inside of the front cover is a (publisher's?) statement that this is a "Sample Volume", and lists four other Ballantyne titles. However, the text appears complete - this is certainly not a salesman's sample, or "dummy", but a complete book. There is no date of publication, and the four pages of publisher's ads at the end of the book are of little help. The first edition of this book was in 1867, under the title "Fighting the Flames", published by James Nisbet & Co., London, who were the exclusive British publisher's of Ballantyne's books. (see Eric Quayle, "Collector's Book of Boy' Stories"). The earliest American edition appears to have been published by Lippincott in 1874. We also note an undated Belford, Clarke (Chicago) edition, probably published in the 1880s, and an undated Philadelphia edition, by Porter, also from the 1880s (but undated). We conclude that our copy was also published in the 1880s, although we can find no reference to this publisher's edition in WorldCat. Our copy shows wear, especially to the board edges, and some soiling. There is some light foxing to the margins, and the binding is a bit stressed at pp. 246/247. Overall, a good copy.
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