Philadelphia: J. Maxwell, 1821. First Edition. 24mo. The First American Edition (published the same year as the British), of this work by the prolific Maria Edgeworth, containing a number of edifying tales written in her realist style, intended "to give young people... some knowledge and control of their own minds in seeming trifles" [Preface, v] . The stories are, in Volume I: Petty Scandal; Airs and Graces; The Nine Day's Wonder; Egerton Abbey; and in Volume II: The Black Lane; Morning Visits; The Bracelet of Memory; and Blind Kate. Each volume with five rather primitively hand-colored plates (with some in Volume I being a bit loose in the binding). The two volumes are bound in half black leather over waste sheets which have been marbled. The front hinge of Volume I has been discreetly reinforced. (American Imprints 5231). (Inventory #: 276037)
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