[SOCIAL FICTION] LYALL, Edna (pseud Ada Ellen Bayly)
The Autobiography of a Slander
London: Longmans, Green, 1892. First Edition. Demi octavo. Publisher's blue pictorial cloth, elaborately stamped in gilt, blue and white inks; aeg; 146pp; illus. Cloth lifting in spots; light rubbing & wear; a few text leaves with faint damping to margin; about Very Good, with the binding's decorative elements bright and well-preserved. British "problem novel," in which a Russian emigre is falsely persecuted for nihilism. Bayly (1857-1903) wrote eighteen novels, most on themes of social reform, freethought, and suffrage. Not all featured such spectacular decorated cloth bindings as this.