Rare book published 1893, first edition. Fifteen short stories with an accompanying painting. From the introduction :-
" What Bret Harte has done for California, Thomas Hardy for rustic Dorsetshire, Coloman Mikszath in his Scenes Hongroises, has done for his native country. It is the heart of his people that he lays bare in these stories-their passions, their simplicity, their home-life, the chivalry of their nature. For it is not in the mighty mansion of a nation that its heart is found, but beside its lowly hearths, beneath its thatched eaves, and within its rush-strewn thresholds.
Among the peasants, whom his facile pen here so graphically describes, the author of these stories passed his early years. He does not write of what he has read, but of what he has seen, studied, understood, and sympathised with. When first published, his recognition by his native land was immediate; Germany, Russia, France followed suit, and hailed the author as a genius.
Each story is in itself a drama, a scene of action, a study of human nature and character, and a sketch of that peasant life the author so well knew. Brief, but complete, they owe nothing to the embellishment of art. Their power is that of simplicity: their only ornament is their bare, rugged strength, their absolute truth of portrayal ."
Book has large cloth buff coloured boards with gilt lettering and pictorial decoration to the front.There is pictorial decoration to the rear board has well.Edges of pages are coated with gilt. Bevelled boards have much dirt and wear to the surfaces. Bumping to all corners and spine. A dent to the lower edge of both boards. Damage to the rear board at the spine.Very little tanning to the pages, accept to the rear of the protective tissue papers which cover each painted plate.All pages are securely bound accept a few pages near the front which are loose but held. Dimensions: 36 x 29 x 2.8 cm.