Bit of a puzzle this one, is this copy of mine a first edition?
Dark red cloth boards, no picture of the boat on the front, but title in gilt on the spine.
Publishers Address as follows:
J.W. ARROWSMITH, QUAY STREET
SIMPKIN, MARSHALL & CO., 4 STATIONERS' HALL COURT
Dated on title page 1889
No adverts in the front, and one page of adverts in the back for:-
Arrowsmith's Bristol Library.
Fcap. 8vo, stiff covers, 1/-; cloth, 1/6.
The adverts show 37 books, ending with Jaques Bonhomme.
There is no mention of Prince Prigio.
There you have it.
Perhaps there were two first editions, one printed in Bristol and one in London, to add to the mystery this looks like an ex-library copy - was there a cheaper print run done for libraries at the same time?
Sadly the covers are not in good condition, so I shall get it rebound, because as the Saturday Review says - Arrowsmith's Bristol Library is "as necessary to the traveller as a rug in winter and a dust-coat in summer"
Also - where can I get a dust-coat?