THE ADOPTED DAUGHTER; or, the trials of Sabra. A tale of real life. Third edition - revised and amended
Montreal: John Lovell, printer, 1867. 16mo, 17 cm. Original green cloth decorated in blind, title in gilt on front cover. pp 196. Skinning to pastedowns from removed labels, minor wear to spine ends; small soil spots and foxing on just a few pages; else a VG tight and unworn copy. Contains the author's Preface to the Second Edition: "The following Narrative is one of real life. The object of the Authoress in presenting it to the public is to encourage those to persevere who are left to depend on their own exertions. She has endeavored to present it in language that will have a moral and religious influence upon the minds of those who may peruse it. This is the sincere wish of The Writer". Religious fiction set in Massachusetts, Western New York, and Upper Canada (Kingston area). First published Ogdensburg, NY, 1858, in an edition of 5000 copies, with the second, revised edition published by Lovell in Montreal in 1863. There was a fourth edition in 1873, Wright, American Fiction , Vol. II, p 29. Watters p. 238. Old time Toronto bookseller Dora Hood attributed authorship to Mrs. H.E. McDonald, while Cindy Weinstein, in Family, Kinship and Sympathy in Nineteenth Century American Literature (p 200) identifies the author as Sarah Elizabeth Harper Monmouth (1829-87). I have some doubts about Ms Weinstein's attribution but have not consulted her book to learn what evidence she had. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.