New York: J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Company, 1903. Hardcover. Introductory poem by Gerald Brenan. Small 8vo. Red cloth with black lettering and pictorial stamping. 190pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Very good. Tight and bright with just a hint of edgewear and faint spotting to rear board (only). Item #42316
Handsome first edition of this collection of a score ("Tale the First," "Tale the Second," etc.) of short stories about "Mickey Finn," a boy growing up among the Irish in Rondout, New York. This superb copy is boldly signed and inscribed by the author in black ink on the front flyleaf in the year of publication: "May 14, 1903. / To my friend, / John P. S[ ? ], / with the author's / compliments, / Ernest Jarrold." Jarrold (1848-1912) was a British-born American staff writer for the "New York Evening Sun" whose short stories about "Mickey Finn" took off and gained him nationwide fame, being then published in several books such as "Mickey Finn Idylls" (1899) and "Boy Squatter" (1902). An outstanding copy of this scarce title, attractively inscribed by the famed "Mickey Finn" creator.