1848 (copyright 1845) · Philadelphia
From the prolific and popular T.S. Arthur, known for his edifying fiction, comes this very, very, very moral tale of a dutiful young lady whose ethics and sense of propriety lead her to reject two suitors of her own (and one of her friend's) before she ends up safely wed to an impeccably respectable young man. Arthur published two sequels about Anna Lee, the titular maiden — unsurprisingly called The Wife and The Mother. This is the work's fourth printing (following the first of 1845), published in the city in which Arthur both lived himself and set his story.
Binding: Publisher's dark brown vertical leather-grained cloth (Krupp Lea8); covers with blind-stamped ruled frame and symmetrical foliate "drawer handles" top and bottom. Spine with title and foliate decorations gilt-stamped. Yellow endpapers.
Wright, I, 112. On the book cloth, see: Krupp, Bookcloth in England and America, 1823–50, Lea8. Binding cocked, corners and spine extremities rubbed. A few corners dog-eared; intermittent light to moderate foxing, pages otherwise clean. In fact a nice copy, in the original cloth. (Inventory #: 38152)