Edinburgh: James Taylor, 1862. First edition. Ink inscription to front flyleaf reads: “Ellen Morris with kindest wishes from her teacher. November 1866.” Uniform toning due to paper quality. Foxing to title page and few leaves throughout. Some light creasing to leaves. A good, tight copy of this rare social history. Publisher’s green cloth over flexible card wrappers, titled in gilt. Twelvemo. 191 pp. Item #16918
The present work follows the lives of sisters Helen, Julia, and Margaret. The narrative details the sisters’ close relationship in childhood, their early attempts at finding husbands, Helen and Julia mourning Margaret after her death, Helen’s unhappy marriage and eventual escape, and, finally, Helen finding a position as a lady’s maid after Julia’s death. The work explores the sisters’ personal growth, ever-changing relationships with one another, and of Helen’s eventual happiness and financial independence even after her sisters’ deaths. We could not locate any information on the author of the present work.
OCLC records only one copy (University of Aberdeen).