New York: Derby, & Jackson, 1856. First edition. Hardcover. Very good. Item #21568 .
12mo. 425pp. Publisher's ribbed brown cloth embossed in blind on the boards and with gilt title on spine. Yellow coated papers. Wear at edges and spine tips, occasional light soiling, else a very good copy.
Alice Cary, with her sister Phoebe, were known for their poetry. But Alice wrote three novels, of which this is the second, emphasizing the horrible condition of child labor in her time. In this story she portrays a sick child, unable to work, beaten by his grandmother until he literally drops dead. Cary's feminism is mostly ignored probably because she portrays her women equally just as good or mean as her men.
BAL 2812; Wright 1851-1875, 472.