London: Joseph Masters, 1856. Second Edition. Octavo (17.5cm); green cloth, morocco-look grain, stamped in blind and gilt; red endpapers; 236+36pp, frontispiece. Spine cocked, tanned, with small chips and tears to heel and crown; boards well worn, damped and soiled, with rubbing along extremities; partially detached along interior front/rear pastedown gutters, with visible crash. Textblock top edge damped; bindings shaken; damping, smudging and foxing throughout; ownership signature on ffep, binder's bookplate on rear pastedown. Good.
Francis Edward Paget, an English reverend and author, produced this gently satiric observation of the various inhabitants of a vicarage, as reported by a young but wise owl. Paget often wrote of social or church reform, themes that are present in this book in spades. Frontispiece is a lovely steel engraving of our Strigiforme narrator, accompanied by a Shakespearean quote (which are also peppered throughout the book). Appended with a 36-page publisher's catalogue, dated August 1856.