The Kitten Pilgrims by R.M (Robert) Ballantyne 1st / 1st 1882
First UK edition published by James Nisbet in 1882. This is a very good ++ copy. The original publisher's quarter cloth binding with pictorial paper-covered boards is in a tidy condition with several light marks and some scratches to the back board. 5 ink dots to one of the illustrations. Some browning to the front and back end papers otherwise pages are very clean and free from foxing. There is no previous owner's ink and no rips or tears to the pages. Overall a very good ++ copy.
12 fantastic full-page colour illustrations by the author, plus numerous black and white vignettes throughout. The story is about the adventures of two kittens and their dog 'Trusty' who come into conflict with various allegorical monsters, including the 'Rhinoceros Sulkyface' and the 'Greedy Toad'. As well as an author, Ballantyne was a well-regarded watercolour artist and exhibited regularly at the Royal Scottish Academy.