Elsie Ainslie, a Victim of a Social Wrong.

Springfield, Mass. Star Publishing Co., (1885). First edition. Original green wrappers printed in red, 6.13 x 4.75 inches, [2], 108 pages. Top inch or two of the wrapper at the head of the spine torn, with a little loss; small chip at the foot of the spine; a trifle dust-soiled and worn; a very good copy. Item #19392

From the Spiritualist publishing house comes this obscurely reforming novel—Elsie Ainslie, the innocent daughter of the wealthy but loveless marriage-match of a New York banker comes to her grandmother’s farm in Nahant and is seduced away to Italy by a young rake. Her son is inevitably left an orphan (Elisie dies of sorrow; Albert the seducer runs mad) and much oblique comment on the social double-standard and the healing powers of messages from the spirit plane would seem to be the kernel of this sneakily radical romance. This issue without publisher’s ads. Wright III, 3679.

Price: $225.00

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