©1828 · Philadelphia
A cautionary tale from the American Sunday School Union about what happens if you become a freethinker: The ASSU was an influential publisher of 19th-century American children's literature. In this work, Harry Linford leaves school to learn a trade and ultimately ends up in jail after he starts reading too much, asking too many questions about Christianity, and becoming "careless of consequences."
The => very dramatic wood-engraved frontispiece is signed "Gilbert."
Provenance: "MESS West Salem No. 77" on front free endpaper in ink.
Shoemaker 33155. Publisher's quarter navy cloth and marble paper covered boards, paper label on spine; covers rubbed, joints starting, hinges worn but sewing still strong. Something, perhaps a bookplate, removed from front pastedown, some ink and crayon markings on endpapers. Light foxing, spotting, and age-toning; a few, perhaps a dozen, leaves creased. A nice, representative example of an American Sunday School Union text. (Inventory #: 36019)