Boston: Published by G.W. Cottrell, 1857. First Cottrell edition in this format. Later edition overall: the title-page identifies this work as the fifth edition, though previous editions are inconsistently numbered. The first was published by J. Buffum in 1849. OCLC records only two copies of this edition (AAS and University of Wisconsin) and six copies of the 207-page Cottrell edition from 1856 (a few of those copies are recorded under the copyright date of 1849). Frontispiece of a young woman reading (with tissue guard). Minor rubbing to extremities. All edges gilt. Yellow endpapers. Contemporary pencil gift signature to front flyleaf. Some foxing to endpapers, as usual, and some minor occasional foxing to edges. Otherwise clean throughout. A tight, near-fine copy of a gift book for girls in an attractive trade binding. Publisher’s blue cloth with elaborate pictorial gilt. Small octavo. 188 pp. Item #16957
The present work expounds on positive character traits to which girls should aspire: decision (“the regulator of the mind”), industry (“a source of profit”), fidelity (“in business, friendship, love”), perseverance (“in acquiring education”), and more.
Ariel Ivers Cummings (1823 – 1863) was novelist and children’s writer. In 1847, she published The Factory Girl; or, Gardez la Coeur (Wright I, 788), and published The Teacher’s Parting Gift; or, Advice to the Young on the Subject of Education in 1845. We could not locate any more information on Cummings in the sources available to us.