Hardcover, tan embossed cloth lettered in gold, with top edge gilt. 321 pages. Early printing, dated 1904 on title-page, published a year prior. The authors disquisition on readers, reading and books, from the enjoyment of poetry to a chapter on ‘that history should be readable’. No previous ownership marks. Two leaves show small marginal dark spot at upper gutter from where old paper was laid-in as bookmark. Else a very clean, square, fresh and unmarked copy. Near fine.