(1900) · Chicago
First edition: Following the Civil War, a formerly well-to-do Alabama family struggles to keep the household afloat, with the burden falling largely on steadfast Jean. The sole full-length work of fiction published by Tuscaloosa-born teacher Brown (1855–1923), this novel is => illustrated with a frontispiece and eight plates by Joseph Christian Leyendecker (known for his Saturday Evening Post covers), as well as in-text vignettes.
Binding: Publisher's tan cloth, gorgeously stamped in silver and light and dark blue arabesque motifs surrounding a cream title panel, framed in brown; spine with similar motifs. Top edges gilt. Binding as above, spine gently darkened and with a small light spot of discoloration to front cover, otherwise showing very little wear. Pages with a few scattered small spots of light foxing. => A handsome copy of a work offering multiple aspects of interest. (Inventory #: 41394)