First edition. Inscribed by Crompton to the half-title page: “Gwen with love from the author March 1927”, the recipient being her sister, Gwen Disher. The book is reasonably firmly bound in red cloth lettered in black, there are some minor stains, the extremities are bumped and there are superficial splits to the cloth at the hinges. The text block is slightly toned and foxed with staining to some pages. Signed copies of the early William books are rare and to find a copy inscribed to her sister is particularly thrilling.