THOMAS DRYBURGH'S DREAM A story of the Sick children’s hospital. Edinburgh and London: Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier. 1897. [bound with:] MISS BAXTER’S BEQUEST. New edition. Edinburgh and London. Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier. 1897.
1897. Together, two works in one volume, 8vo; pp. 96, with engraved frontispiece, engraved title-page and five full-page engravings, with head- and tail-pieces; 93,  publisher’s advertisements, with engraved frontispiece, and one full-page engraving, with head-pieces; some occasional light browning and marginal dust-soiling; in contemporary blue decorative publisher’s cloth, lettered in gilt, decorated in blind, head and tail of spine a little bumped and rubbed, corners and extremities slightly bumped; presentation inscription on front free endpaper ‘Beatrice L Smith, Woodgrove, Sunday School Prize, 6th April 1902’; an appealing copy. An appealing copy of the later editions (first 1886 and 1888) of two popular works for children by the best-selling Scottish romantic novelist, journalist and suffragist, and a founding member of the Scottish National Party Annie S Swan (1859-1943). Swan ‘ was educated at Queen Street Ladies College, Edinburgh, but passed much of her youth in the country while her father spent business profits on unsuccessful farms. In 1883... [she] published her first novel, Aldersyde, admired by Gladstone for its ‘truly living sketches of Scotch character’. It was followed by a stream of serial fiction: more than 250 novels adn tales. She also edited the journal The Woman at Home from 1893. Her ‘serious and innocuous fiction for the delectation of babes’, as she dubbed it in her straightforward adn readable autobiography, My Life, 1934, was enormously popular in its day, and still reprinted up to the 1950s’ (Feminist Companion of Literature, p. 1049-50). She also wrote under the pen name of David Lyall. ‘One of the most commercially successful popular novelists of the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries’