Andover, Mass. Published by the American Tract Society, and for sale at the General Depository, [ca. 1824]. First edition? 24mo, original printed pictorial wrappers, 12 pages. Wood-engraved vignettes. Somewhat soiled and a bit foxed; a very good copy. Item #16930
Young William on school vacation visits his father's new cottage outside the city while on school vacation and attempts to uproot a vine that appears dead; despite William's uneasiness with the filial piety required, his father counsels against removal. (The vine of course bears fruit, and thus offers an allegorical Bible lesson.) This title no. 12 in the American Tract Society series, here evidently published prior to the Repository's move to Boston in 1826. (The Boston repository was destroyed by fire in January, 1830, presumbly with substantial loss to the back catalog of the earliest tracts.) This evident edition of this title was also collected in the second series of Publications of the American Tract Society, published with general title bearing the Flagg & Gould imprint dated 1824. Outside corners of the text block neatly clipped.