Saturday, July 5, 2014

Encounter in the dark:
Frontispiece from 1915's "Pals First"

This is the gloom-shrouded frontispiece from the 1915 novel Pals First, which was written by Francis Perry Elliott and published by Grosset & Dunlap. Despite the dark illustration, the novel is described as "A romance of love and comradery." It has 29 chapters, with titles such as:
  • The Crooked Road
  • By the Flare of a Match
  • A Telephone Call
  • "You Are Not the Dick I Knew"
  • What the Safe Held
  • What the Portrait Showed Me
  • The Way of a Man with a Maid
  • Danny's Moon-Madness
  • The Turning of the Worm
  • Danny Puts His Foot in It
  • The Victor's Gate
The illustration refers to a moment in Chapter II (By the Flare of the Match). There are many uses of the exclamation "Lawsie!" as the surprise encounter takes place in the dark.

Author Elliott (1861-1924) wrote a number of books, including The Haunted Pajamas. Here's a fun 1917 advertisement (found online) from The Bookman Advertiser for another of Elliott's books.

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