Sunday Employment, Sunday Enjoyment, For the Young and Good.Dedicated to the Rev. Edward Henry Bickersteth.
Cousns, [Frances Upcher].

London: Dean and Son, [1859]. First edition, a presentation copy from the author that reads: “Henry Leopold Feston Guermonprez / July 6, 1859 / From the [?] Authoress.” Guermonprez was a one year-old child at the time the present work was inscribed to him. Color-printed frontispiece, color-printed title-page, and four plates. Binding extremities very lightly rubbed, spine a bit toned. Slight foxing and offsetting from plates. Minor soiling to upper margins of plates, not affecting image. Rubber ink stamp of Henry Leopold Feston Guermonprez (1858-1924, artist and natural historian) on front pastedown. A very good copy. Publisher’s purple morocco grained cloth ruled in blind and lettered in gilt, gilt spine, yellow coated endpapers. Twelvemo. [1, title-page], [1, bla (Item ID: 16582)


We were unable to find much information about Frances Upcher Cousens, including her dates. She published several other works, including Good Morning and Good Night: With Other Pretty Poems…(circa 1860), which appear to be written for young people. In the Preface to Sunday Employment, Cousens writes that her book is meant to “lighten the task of Parent and Teacher, in simplifying, and applying the sacred doctrines of Divine Truth…Children cannot of themselves understand the Bible and the Decalogue; and are apt to tire, when catechized too long. The intention of this little work, is to render the search after holiness, agreeable, rather than tedious; and to gather for the youthful and eager mind a few drops of ‘honey’ and ‘milk,’ that may lead them to tread, with more willing feet, the path that leads to that land flowing with milk and honey; the promised Canaan, eternal in the Heavens” (pp. 5-6).

OCLC records one copy in the UK at the British Library.

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