THE LOYAL TRAITOR: A Mystery Story for Girls.
Edition: First printing.
Philadelphia: Macrae-Smith Company, (1935). Hardcover first edition - A young girl, recuperating from a serious illness and kept out of school, but getting restive as her health improves, goes to visit her cousins who live in a historic old house by the ocean, a house which had been in the family since long before the American Revolution. While there she discovers that there is a mystery surrounding one of her ancestors, who had been accused of treason during the Revolution, and she determines to try and find the truth. In this, she has the assistance of her cousins and also of a young girl from England, staying with her rather forbidding grandmother. Several of the themes - recovering from an illness, a mystery in the past, modern difficulties tied up with that past mystery - echo those found in the books of Augusta Hueill Seaman, a pioneer writer of mystery stories for young girls - and there is even a direct allusion: "Jill was obliged to laugh 'it does sound silly, but in books girls are always finding - secret stairs and hidden rooms and false bottoms to trunks' finished Cousin Robbie." Illustrated with a frontispiece and three glossy internal plates by Pelagie Doane. Illustrated endpapers. Scarce, with only 6 copies shown in WorldCat. 280 pp.
Condition: Good overall in beige cloth with red lettering - binding is cracked before the frontispiece, which is detached but still present, mull is showing - but otherwise the book is in near fine condition, clean and attractive.