Boston: Lee and Shephard, Publishers, 1863.
Cloth. 7" x 4.5". 286pp plus "Lee & Shephard's List of Juvenile Publications" (2 pages). Brown cloth binding, blind stamped designs to front cover, gilt design to spine. Rubbing to extremeties, bumped corners, frayed at head and tail of spine. Overall binding quite solid, though rear hinge just barely starting to loosen. Light pencil writing to front endpapers. Contents lightly foxed. Tissue covered frontis.
William Taylor Adams (July 30, 1822 – March 27, 1897), pseudonym Oliver Optic, was a noted academic, author, and a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Adams wrote many boys' adventure stories, authoring as many as 100 titles. There is an interesting spat that developed between he and Louisa May Alcott over the improbable plot twists in some of his books. Good. Item #270