This is one of seven novels by Jean Webster, an American writer, published for the first time in the U.K. by Hodder & Stoughton. The titles are shown on the rear of the dust jacket, below, and at least four of them have a dust jacket designed by Blampied: Jerry, Patty & Priscilla, The Four-Pools Mystery and this title. There was an eighth title, Much ado about Peter published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1916, but I have not seen it.
Jean Webster (1876-1916) was an American writer and author of several novels published between 1903 and 1915, most of which featured young women. Her novels promoted the idea of education for women, and her characters explicitly supported women's suffrage, a cause that she promoted in her personal life. She died in 1916 aged 39 of puerperal fever after giving birth to her first child.
This was a prequel to Patty & Priscilla which was entitled When Patty went to College (1903) in the USA.
First edition, thus
Bibliography code: HOD-15-18
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Series: novels of Jean Webster
Format: 16 mo
Pages: pp 256
Binding: red cloth impressed with H&S with a torch through it and vertical lines; title, by author of Daddy-long-legs, and publisher in black on spine with H&S logo impressed.
Size: 180 x 115 mm
Dust jacket: signed Blampied, lower left
Internal illustrations: none
Price: initially 1 shilling, then 2 shillings
Printing history: none stated
Printed by: Hazell Watson & Viney Ltd., London and Aylesbury
Image of dust jacket (click to enlarge)