ULRIC THE FARM SERVANT - A Story of the Bernese Lowland
by Gotthelf, Jeremias ; [Albert Bitzius] ; Translated By Julia Firth ; Revised By John Ruskin
Orpington: George Allen. Very Good. 1888. First Edition. Hardcover. Contents clean and tight in original brown cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine. Cloth quite rubbed at spine ends and lower corners. Former owner's bookplate on front pastedown endpaper - Herbert John Gladstone. Herbert John Gladstone, 1st Viscount Gladstone (1854 1930) was a British Liberal statesman. The youngest son of Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, Herbert was Home Secretary from 1905 to 1910 and Governor-General of the Union of South Africa from 1910 to 1914. The author Albert Bitzius (1797 1854) was a Swiss novelist, best known by his pen name of Jeremias Gotthelf. He was a clergyman, vicar of the village of Herzogen-Buch-See, but he also cultivated his own farm in order to understand and gain the respect of his farmer parishioners. [See John Ruskin's introduction.] This novel is the tale of Ulric, a peasant who through hard work and some good fortune manages to become a successful farmer in his own right. Ruskin deemed this book a perfect and complete representation of the good side of Protestantism. . (Inventory #: 40327)
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