Springfield, Mass. Star Publishing Co., (1885). First edition. Original green wrappers printed in red, 6.13 x 4.75 inches, , 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.