Robert Vernède (1875-1917) was an English First World War poet and novelist. This novel was first published in 1906 by Alston Rivers.
Edwin Jack acknowledged the sketch of the jacket design on 25th April 1917 and suggested some changes:
Thanks for design for Meriel of the Moors. It will, we think, make an excellent wrapper. We are content to leave the scheme of colour to your instinct but suggest that it might be more effective if the lady was dressed in dark green. Please note the remarks on the sketch. You could drop the lettering at the top somewhat to shorten the design and we should be very much obliged if you would write in or print in the sentence at the foot. Keep the words
Yorkshire Observer small.
The text about the
Yorkshire Observer is not present on the final design, so was presumably removed when the jacket was prepared for printing.
First edition, thus
Publisher: Thomas Nelson and Sons
Series: Nelson's Fiction Library MD 504
Binding: Red decorated cloth. Fan-shaped designs below a flower and leaf on top and bottom of front boards in black. Title, author, publisher and two designs on spine
Size: 160 x 111 mm
Dust jacket signed: signature possibly cut from base
Internal illustrations: none
Price: 1 shilling 3 pence
Printing history: not stated
Dust jacket (click to enlarge)
Printed by: Printed in Great Britain at the Press of the Publishers
Notes: The red bar behind the woman is unlike Blampied, so the design may have been modified by the publisher. The drawing on the rear of the jacket is by Bernard Partridge, a cartoonist for Punch magazine.