1903 · New York
First American edition. Written by a popular author known for her winning, sprightly style, this novel intertwines romance and Christian faith with greed and the convolutions of English politics — two of the four having predictably detrimental effects. The secondary moral of the story is "Marry an intelligent person or be prepared to suffer the consequences."
The story is illustrated with => eight black and white plates reproducing paintings by Nell Marion Tenison Cuneo (1867–1953).
Binding: Signed binding, marked "DD" for Decorative Designers: navy cloth, front cover and spine stamped with Art Nouveau–inspired pomegranate and leaf motif in green and with title in gilt. Binding as above; extremities very lightly rubbed with all gilt and stamping bright. Front free endpaper with early inked ownership inscription. Pages very faintly age-toned with a few scattered spots, generally clean. A decidedly pretty copy of an interesting look at early 20th-century social mores regarding love, religion, and ambition. (Inventory #: 35619)