Boston: American Tract Society, circa 1860.
Hardcover. 6" X 4". 110pp. Embossed blue cloth over boards, with spine lettered in gilt. Moderate wear to binding, with corners turned itn, small tears to head and tail of spine, and heavy scattered rubbing. Front free endpaper torn out. Previous owner's inscription to flyleaf. Hinges tender. Binding remains sound. Occasional foxing and soiling to pages throughout, else unmarked. Illustrated in tissue-guarded frontispiece and two plates. A solid copy of this didactic tale of childhood death from the American Tract Society, intended to be a guide to parents and children on Christian death. As Samuel Pickering. Jr. writes in "The Grave Leads But To Paths Of Glory: Deathbed Scenes In American Children's Books, 1800-1860," Lonnie, Our Little Lamb, among other books of the time, "depicted parents as happy Abrahams, celebrating their child's death." Rare. Only 4 holdings in OCLC at time of posting. Good. Item #3063