LOB Lie-by-the-fire or The Luck Of Lingborough and
The Story Of A Short Life
by Mrs Ewing
With three colour plates by H. M. Brock and line drawings in the text by Randolph Caldecott
J. M. Dent & Sons, London, 1964, The Children's Illustrated Classics, 177 pages, illustrated, hardback, dustjacket
Fine Condition with price-clipped dustjacket, previous owners inscription on title page
'... The story of a foundling, and of a Brownie - of the household elf 'Lob' - woven together very charmingly in its period setting, and its cleverly drawn characters and plot are compelling and irresistible. There is enough mystery to keep us guessing, but the strength of the story lies in the telling, and the picture it presents of the vanished world of a little country place of a hundred years ago.
'The Story of a Short Life uses the British Army background with which Mrs Ewing was so familiar, and is most poignant in its revelation of the suffering and courage of a spoilt child, 'whose dearest ambitions were never to be fulfilled'.