Plain white wrappers (printed in red on the front cover and spine) lightly rubbed and marked, with a small chip near the head of the front hinge; minimal foxing; an excellent copy.
The half-title is inscribed in ink to 'Thorburn Robertson. Souvenir amical. Berthe Mouchette. Marie Lion'. The French-born Lion sisters, Berthe (Madame Mouchette, 1846-1928) and Marie (1855-1922), emigrated to Australia in 1881, settling first in Melbourne, moving in 1892 to Adelaide. They were artists and art teachers; Marie published novels under the pseudonym Noel Aimir, an anagram of her name. Her best-known work was published in 1911 under the title 'The Black Pearl'. (The biographical information comes from Joan Kerr and DAAO.) The recipient of this item was Thorburn Brailsford Robertson (1884-1930), the eminent biochemist. The book is in French; a cursory glance suggests it is an adventure-romance set in India, with a British hero and heroine.