First edition. Inscribed by the author to the half-title page: “By & from “Theo Gift” with love and gratitude to the brave men who have fought and suffered for English women & English homes. 1916″. A poignant inscription, as the book is also stamped to the front pastedown as being the property of “The British Red Cross War Library” and was presumably presented to the library by Theo Gift for wounded soldiers to read. The book is bound in the original illustrated glazed boards, the illustration to the front probably having been executed by the author’s sister, Alice Havers, the boards are bumped, slightly grubby and rubbed with the webbing showing at the front hinge. The text block is slightly toned and dusty with minor marks and foxing. Three tales of the lot of women in the late Victorian period and their tragic demises, chiefly resulting from male infidelity or inconstancy. A rarity inscribed and in the original boards.