1860 · Boston
Early American edition of the third series of these popular essays on social and moral problems including educating women and children, improving the condition of the rural poor, and giving and taking criticism, presented in a framing text involving several personable imaginary figures whose interspersed dialogues enliven the philosophical exposition. Helps, a civil servant, was much admired in his day for the Friends volumes, which were at least partly inspired by his time as a member of the Cambridge Conversazione Society (a.k.a. the Apostles).
The first volume opens with several specimen pages of The Tempest from the "Hudson's Shakespeare" series. Publisher's textured deep violet cloth, covers blind-stamped, spines with gilt-stamped titles; cocked and rubbed, spines sunned. Ex–social club library: call number on endpapers, rubber-stamp on title-pages and a few others, no other markings. Front free endpapers lacking. A few pages browned, otherwise clean. (Inventory #: 27116)