The Lamplighter has one of the most beautiful covers on any book that I have owned. In fact I purchased more for display than to read, which I never have actually read. There is no copyright but there is everything to suggest that this was published around 1880. The book is standard book size and has no missing, ripped or torn pages that I can see. There is some brown dot that starts out small on page 271, gets bigger up to page 278 then goes back down by 285. Please see photos.
The Front cover illustration has a few nicks to the paper, but considering it is around 137 years old, it is in beautiful condition. There is evidence to suggest that the book was an ex-library book because of the removal of what appears to be a glued section of the endpaper. There is the first three letters of the Author's last name on the bottom of the spine written is white. The back cover is a little discolored but again this book is in very good condition and would look wonderful in your Shabby, Cottage or Romantic Decor. Or just add it to your antique book collections you will love this little work of art.
A total of 359 pages. A reviewer online stated this: The Lamplighter, one of the more popular books in the country when it was released in the mid-19th century, is an engaging story of a undisciplined and unloved girl who has her life transformed, by Providence, through the love of strangers, whose ties to her are greater than anyone initially suspects. It is well told and well written.
Set to ship media mail. Cannot include with other listings When Maria S. Cummins's first novel, The Lamplighter, appeared on the Boston literary scene on March 1, 1854, it was an immediate best-seller and cultural phenomenon. Second in sales only to Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, published two years earlier, the small first edition run sold out immediately, and it reportedly sold 20,000 copies in twenty days and 65,000 copies in five months. Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote of the novel in a letter to William D. Ticknor: "What is the mystery of these innumerable editions of the Lamplighter, and other books neither better nor worse?" In this same letter Hawthorne made his infamous remark, "America is now wholly given over to a d—d mob of scribbling women". Peter Parley to Penrod, p. 11.