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Sedgwick, Catharine Maria.  A love token for children. Designed for Sunday-school libraries. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1838 (copyright 1837). 12mo (15.9 cm, 6.26"). 142, 2, 18 (i.e., 16) pp.
$225.00

Edifying and entertaining juvenile reading, from the author of Hope Leslie. While the stories are designed to impart specific Christian morals to children, they also reflect more general concerns found in Sedgwick's novels and other writings: tolerance and respect towards Irish immigrants and people of color, acknowledgment of the difficulties of women's domestic lives, kindness to animals, and lovingly detailed awareness of the natural world. This is the second printing of the first U.S. edition (as per BAL); at the back is a lengthy catalogue of Harper & Brothers publications.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with several early pencilled inscriptions from Miss Hetty H. Jarvis; most recentlyfrom the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

American Imprints 52824; BAL 17375; Sabin 78788. Publisher's diced green cloth, spine with decorative gilt-stamped title; binding very slightly cocked with sewing just starting to loosen (and overall still solid); spine sunned, minor wear and discoloration to cloth. Moderate foxing throughout. Inscriptions as above; one page with pencilled correction. A nice copy of an item now uncommon in its early editions.  (40986)   Please RESHELVE This.


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