1857 · Boston
First edition: Historical novel based on the author's genealogical researches, with chapters entitled "The Exile," "The Adventurer," and "The Pilgrim." Sears later in the same year issued a now-rare private edition of this work which included a spurious pedigree of Richard Sears, not present here. The Massachusetts-born Sears was a Unitarian minister and author of the words of the famous carol "It Came upon the Midnight Clear.
Wright, II, 2174; Sabin 78641. Publisher's brown cloth, covers blind-stamped with star-shaped design, spine with gilt-stamped title and blind-stamped decoration; binding cocked and rubbed, spine extremities chipped. Ex–social club library: 19th-century bookplate and call number on pastedown and fly-leaf, front free endpaper lacking, title-page pressure-stamped. No other markings. Pages faintly age-toned, otherwise clean. (Inventory #: 26565)