New York: Harper & Brothers, 1838. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to “C.S. Putnam” on front pastedown. C.S. Putnam may have been of the Putnam publishing family, as Gilman’s book Oracle of the Poets was published by Putnam & Wiley in 1845. Some fading to the cloth at fore edge. Foxing throughout, most significantly on endpapers. Thread showing at gutter in some gatherings. Some rubbing to extremities. A good, sound copy inscribed by the author. Publisher’s brown floral cloth lettered in gilt on spine. Twelvemo. 272 pp., 16 pp. publisher’s ads. Item #16660
Caroline Howard Gilman (1794-1888) was born and educated in Boston, but lived most of her life in South Carolina, where she built her writing career and became one of the most popular women writers of the first part of the nineteenth century. She adopted the South as her home and became a keen observer of its people and customs. In the present volume and Recollections of a Housekeeper (1834) she contrasts the sensibilities and cultures of the North and South.