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Undated first edition . Original dark green cloth, framed in black; lettered in gilt on spine; dark brown endpapers. Corners and hinges rubbed, inner joint papers lightly cracked (but joints tight), inscription in pencil (1878) on title page, good. Tales and sketches of the Civil Service (especially the Inland Revenue) and other miscellaneous subjects, by a Civil Servant and published by the Civil Service. A quirky and scarce piece of Victoriana.