'To May from Mr Rice, Xmas 1909'
My copy is simply the first story, but it, too, has an inscription in it:
'Nora Gertrude Pattinson with love from Auntie Jessie, Xmas 1938'
This, then, was a gift to my mum from her aunt. I'm struck by the formal way it is inscribed with her full name. She would have been nine, and since I know she hated* her middle name, I imagine she wouldn't have been best pleased to see it written out like this. I love coming across these little messages in old books, even - in fact, especially - when I don't know the story behind them. How about you?
* I say 'hated' because although my mum is very much still with us, she no longer has that awful middle name.