New York: C.S. Francis & Co., 1855. First edition. xi, [1, blank], 450, [6, ads]; vi, 437; , [1, blank], 478 pp. Bibliography and index. The ads in Vol. I are in BAL’s State B, no sequence determined. Light rubbing to corners, minor wear to spine extremities with a few very small tears. Small sequence of numbers, likely for shelving, written in ink on lower margin of p. iii in Vol. I, p. v of Vol. II, and p.  of Vol. III. Minor smudging and creasing to a very small portion of text, slightly affecting a few letters on p. 181 in Vol. III. Book label of the Fraser Institute Free Public Library of Montreal on front pastedown of all volumes, engraved armorial bookplate on front pastedown of Vol. III. A very good set. Original brown cloth stamped decoratively in blind. Yellow endpapers. Three volumes, twelvemo. Item #16832
Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880) was a poet, novelist, and author of domestic advice books. A strong advocate of women’s rights, she believed that women’s equality could not be dealt with fully before slavery was abolished. Her best known writings are her abolitionist writings, notably Appeal for the Class of Americans Called African (1833). She also edited the autobiography of ex-slave Harriet Jacobs and wrote the poem “Over the River and Through the Wood [to Grandmother’s house we go]”, which first appeared in her Flowers for Children (1844). After the Civil War, she edited and published The Freedmen’s Book for the education of newly freed slaves. In the area of religion, she was somewhat of a free thinker, with strong ties to mysticism and rationalism. She wrote the present work to remove “the superstitious rubbish from the sublime morality of Christ” and to give respectful attention to other world religions. Despite her immense labor and positive reviews, it did not sell well. Thomas Wentworth Higgiston commented that it was “too learned for a popular book and too popular for a learned one.”.
BAL 3180; DAB; Dictionary of Unitarian & Universalist Biography online.