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"Country Life" Library of Fiction. Illustrated by H. M. Brock. Original olive green cloth, lettered and decorated in black and red. Corners and spine tips rubbed, foxing (especially on prelims), inscription (1902) on front endpapers, good. Francis was a novelist of pastoral, rural life. "The Ireland of her youth, the Lancashire of her married life, and the Dorset of her retirement provided backgrounds for many of her. . . volumes of fiction." (Edwardian Fiction). This geographical division is neatly reflected in this collection of 15 short stories (some previously published in The Cornhill, Longman's Magazine etc) The three sections are North -- stories set in Lancashire; South -- stories set in Dorset; and Over the Sea -- stories set in Ireland.