London: Heinemann, 1902 & 1903. Two octavo volumes. Pictorial olive green cloth stamped in red and black. Frontispieces and illustrations by "S.R." (i.e. Stafford Ransome). Light offset to endsheets, some foxing to tissue guards between titles and frontispieces, otherwise a very good to near fine set. Item #WRCLIT79860
First edition of these parodies of ALICE... by the prolific journalist and miscellaneous writer, written with the unspecified collaboration of M. H. Temple. Both are primarily political satires, the product of frustrations about the Boer War and the British government of the time. Begbie went on to support pacifists and conscientious objection to the Great War, and put himself out front with a vigorous defense of the reality of the supposed apparition of the Angel of Mons. The initial volume of this parody was so successful that by the time of the appearance of the second, the first was in its tenth 'edition'.