Cincinnati: Published by J. F. Wright and L. Swormstedt, for the Methodist Episcopal Church, at the Western Book Concern, 1841. First edition. Contemporary blind-tooled and gilt-tooled full red morocco, 10.38 x 7 inches, [iv], 380 pages, gilt lettering. Engraved frontispiece view, three inserted plates. Spine and edges somewhat rubbed; some occasional spots of foxing of browning to single leaves; a few closed tears (no loss); in very good condition. Item #20009
The complete file of the first year of this Cincinnati periodical intended for Methodist ladies of the Midwest, with much original content, and including pieces from such regional authors as Caleb Atwater (on education for women) or George Waterman, Jr., on the “Original Aboriginals; or, Theory of the First Inhabitants of America” (the Toltecs related to the ancient Egyptians; the contemporary American Indians an Asiatic race that had supplanted the former), as well as a steamboat poet named William Baxter of the Montezuma, a tour through Indiana, and much else of interest. The inserted plates are of regional views, including Frankfort, Kentucky, and of the Ohio River near Cincinnati. Upper cover stamped in gilt for an early owner, Harriet S. Stevens.