Edition: First Edition
Boston: J.E. Tilton, 1864. Probable second printing. Green horizontally fine ribbed cloth bordered in blind, spine stamped in gilt, yellow endpapers. Illustrated half title leaf with tissue guard inserted. Spine gilt slightly dulled but distinct; nicks to cloth at foot of spine; April, 1864, ink name to front free endpaper; quite small corner creases to a few leaves; else fine. BAL 20413. "L'Envoy" listed at page 501 on page 4 of contents (probable first printing correctly listed it at page 503) and printer's imprint on verso of title as in BAL's first two (of 3 for sure, maybe more) printings, with no mention of Rand & Avery. Text bulks one inch. Though BAL notes 5 cloth variants in various colours and one wrappers binding, this copy is yet another variant not noted by BAL - green horizontally fine ribbed cloth (BAL's BF cloth). >>>John Townsend Trowbridge (1827-1916), was a Boston author who "wrote some 40 novels for boys, which had much to do with raising juvenile literature from didacticism to a higher plane. The best known of his books are the antislavery novels CUDJO'S CAVE, written for children, and NEIGHBOUR JACKWOOD." - Oxford Companion to American Lit., 4th ed., which also has a separate entry for CUDJO'S CAVE. A tale set in Tennessee - a Quaker schoolmaster runs afoul of the local evil Confederates and hides out in a backwoods cave occupied by runaway slaves and Unionists. A PETER PARLEY TO PENROD title.