· New York
Collection of Christian-themed short stories, poems, and readings, most of which counsel the womanly virtues of patience, submission, and self-control. This volume, the third to appear in the Opal series, is illustrated with mezzotints by J.G. Chapman; all eight of the plates described in the list of illustrations are present, but not the added engraved title-page.
Includes two poems by Whittier: "My soul and I" and "The wife of Manoah to her husband."
Binding: Publishers textured brown calf, covers with blind-stamped frame of foliate design; front cover suitably gilt-stamped with central vignette of => Jesus and the woman at the well, back cover centrally gilt-stamped with a weary-looking woman harvesting grain (Ruth?). Spine gilt-stamped with foliate (ivy?) design and ornate title; all edges gilt.
Provenance: 19th-century stencilled ownership name of H. Amelia St John (Purdy) (1838–1925) of Yates County, NY.
Faxon 622; Thompson 145; Tepper, American Gift Books & Literary Annuals. (Second edition), 167. Bound as above, gilt designs moderately rubbed, edges and corners worn, spine faded and head of spine pulled. Front free endpaper clipped to remove inscription; ownership stencil to front fly-leaf. Some pages with soiling, light foxing, or brown stains. => Mezzotints well accomplished and several quite lovely. (Inventory #: 37280)