This is one of seven novels by Jean Webster, an American writer, published for the first time in the U.K. by Hodder & Stoughton. Four of the titles have a dust jacket designed by Blampied: Patty & Priscilla, Just Patty, Jerry and The Four-pools Mystery. There was an eighth title, Much ado about Peter published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1916, but I have not seen it. This jacket is not signed and could be by Blampied although it is rather like the work of Salomon van Abbé.
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 novel was first published in 1905 in the USA.
First edition, thus
Bibliography code: HOD-16.?
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Series: novels of Jean Webster
Format: 16 mo
Binding: red cloth with impressed H&S logo on left and vertical bars; title, author, author 'Daddy Longlegs', impressed publisher's logo, and publisher in black on spine
Size: 180 x 114 mm
Dust jacket: not signed
Internal illustrations: none
Price: 2 shilling
Printing history: none stated
Printed by: Richard Clay & Sons
Image of dust jacket (click to enlarge)
Notes: There are a few small remnants of part of the illustration at the bottom, perhaps where it was trimmed. Blampied's signature may have been there.