[ca. 1850] · London
From the "Stories for Summer Days & Winter Nights" second series: After a shipwreck Gerald is adopted by a nice Swedish family living in Russia. When his adopted father is forced to work in slave conditions, Gerald travels to ask Peter the Great if he may work for his father instead — a sacrifice that eventually leads to him meeting his birth mother, a Polish noblewoman, and attending university. Elijah Whymper contributed the frontispiece of Gerald at Court, the title vignette, and at least three of the four interior => wood-engraved illustrations.
Provenance: Inscribed "Mary Agnes Phillott / A Reward," with partial date, on inside of front wrapper. Later in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear. Publisher's printed deep turquoise wrappers; spine and edges very slightly chipped, wrappers just beginning to separate, some discoloration around edges. Very light age-toning, pages clean. (Inventory #: 38455)