London, England: T. Nelson and Sons,  1885. Hardcover. 8vo, 7 1/8" x 5.0", Bright red beveled boards, with black and gilt lettering and design to front board depicting rats making their way down a dock rope at harbor. All edges gilt. Wonderful! 6 illustrations (one detached, but present) Told through the eyes and experience of a rat narrator. Slight spine lean. Very Good Plus. Item #74093
A story from the perspective of a rat, of its life, home and travels. Not entirely fantasy, except that the rat is narrating, says the author, A.L.O.E. (A Lady Of England), "facts are enclosed in my fiction. I would suggest to my readers how wide and delightful a field of knowledge natural history must open to all, when there is so much to interest and admire even in those animals which we usually regard with contempt and disgust."