[SOCIAL FICTION] LYALL, Edna (pseud Ada Ellen Bayly)
The Autobiography of a Slander
London: Longmans, Green, 1892. First Edition. 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. 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.