Philadelphia and London: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1917.
First Edition. Hardcover. 9 3/4" X 6 1/2". xvi, 15-376pp. Original pictorial cloth over boards, with upper board stamped in black, green, white, and red. Spine lettered in black with clock device. Heavy wear to binding, with heavy soiling, moderate scattered rubbing, small spot of fraying to head of spine, and moderate edgewear. Top edge gilt. Both hinges tender, binding remains sound. Dust soiling to endpapers. Occasional mild foxing to pages, else clean and unmarked. A solid and, though worn, still quite attractive copy of Mary Newton Stanard's study of life in colonial Virginia, with printed tissue guard frontispiece and 93 black and white plate illustrations. Stanard introduces the kind of sources she looked to for her unique study in her author's preface: "How may we call to life the everyday men and women of other times, obtain glimpses of them in their homes, going about their business or pursuing pleasure, know them as they were known to their families and neighbours? Not by reading history. History records events and names a few of those who figured in them, but no matter how ingeniously the string is pulled these generally seem more like puppets than people--to be made of bronze or marble rather than flesh and blood. A gossipy letter, though crumbling and yellow, telling what company the writer had for dinner and what there was to eat, the jokes that were cracked and healths drunk; a fragment of a diary giving the neighborhood news, the condition of the crops or the latest political excitement; a tailor's or a milliner's bill; a will; an inventory; a court record of a lawsuit or a trial, will make a bygon day more real than volumes of history." Good. Item #2106