(JUVENILE). [S.T. ‘Monette’]. ~ Raton. Histoire d’un petit rat à mon frère Boby. [France, n.d., c. 1910].
Illustrated manuscript, oblong 8vo (100 × 160 mm), pp. , plus paper covers, all re-used from a lined exercise book, in French, plus 15 simple pen-and-ink drawings and a decorative cover. Staples, wrappers becoming loose, fragile, but complete.
A lovely original tale of the adventures of a mischievous young rat and his family, written by a young woman, ‘Monette’, for her little brother ‘Boby’ in her leisure hours at the beginning of the twentieth century. In her introduction Monette tells Boby that the story stems from those she told him herself,but that now she is not able to, she has written this one down for him, beginning to write it one day when ill in bed.