(copyright 1880) · New York
First edition: Tommy and Frank play hooky from school and have the start of a lovely day, but soon come to regret their irresponsibility. The story is illustrated with eight attractive wood-engraved plates, only loosely related to the plot.
Provenance: Front free endpaper inscribed "To Michael Blaisdell from his grandfather — Fred D. Blaisdell [/] This book was a gift from his uncle 65 years ago." Pencilled beneath is "Rec'd Christmas 1947." The original Blaisdell inscription follows on the fly-leaf, in beautiful copperplate script: "To Freddie Blaisdell. From his Uncle Sam.l Facey. Christmas, Dec. 25th 1882."
Binding: Publisher's brown cloth, front cover with complex gilt-stamped architectural design and chromolithographic paper inset of a young girl with pinafore, toys, and blonde ringlets. Binding as above, mild rubbing to extremities, gilt slightly dimmed; front hinge (inside) cracked. Inscriptions as above. Pages age-toned with occasional light smudges and tiny spots of foxing. Overall, surprisingly and delightfully clean — a children's book that was => clearly treasured. (Inventory #: 36598)