This is one of 12 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. The 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 were called 'The O. Henry Library Edition'. This book is a collection of 23 stories and 12 poems first published in the USA by Doubleday, Page & Company in 1912. The Introduction states that it is the 12th and final volume of O. Henry's work but 13 titles are listed on later editions of some of his stories, excluding 'The Best of O. Henry'.
First UK edition
Bibliography code: HOD-16.10
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Series: The O. Henry Series; later The O. Henry Library Edition
Format: 16 mo
Pages: pp 256
Binding: red cloth impressed with H&S with a torch through it and vertical lines; title, author and publisher in black on spine with H&S logo impressed.
Size: 180 x 110 mm
Dust jacket: signed BLAM., lower right
Internal illustrations: none
Price: initially 1 shilling, then 2 shillings
Printing history: none stated
Printed by: Wyman and Sons, London and Reading
Notes: This is one of the earliest issues of the short stories of O. Henry because it has a price of 1/- and an inscription dated January 1917.
Image of dust jacket (click to enlarge)