This is one of 13 books by O. Henry (1862-1910), an American writer of short stories, published in the U.K. by Hodder & Stoughton. At least six of the books have a jacket designed by Blampied (see jacket of second impression of The Trimmed Lamp), but not all the titles have been seen with a jacket or have a signed illustration. These titles were reprinted many times, some into the 1940s, still with the illustration designed by Blampied. Later books issued in Hodder & Stoughton's 'Yellow Jacket' series, such as the second copy, below, were called 'The O. Henry Library Edition'. This book is a collection of 22 short stories first published in the USA by Doubleday, Page & Company in 1909.
First UK edition
Bibliography code: HOD-16.8
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Series: The O. Henry series
Format: 16 mo
Pages: 248; later edition pp 308
Binding: Crimson cloth with H&S torch logo and initials with vertical red bars impressed on front; title, author and publisher in black on spine with impressed logo.
Size: 180 x 118 mm
Dust jacket: signed Blampied., lower left
Internal illustrations: none
Price: initially 1 shilling
Printing history: not stated
Printed by: later edition J.W. Arrowsmith Ltd., Bristol
Image of dust jacket on first UK edition (click to enlarge)
Image of dust jacket on later edition (click to enlarge)