Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1867.
Hardcover. First edition. Octavo. 107pp. Purple cloth (one of two binding colors, no priority) stamped in gilt with beveled edges and topedge only gilt. Light wear to the edges, sunning at the spine and offsetting on the yellow endpapers from the binder's glue, very good. Inscribed by Stowe to Martha Punchard or her daughter Elizabeth: "Mrs. Punchard from her friend HB Stowe." Stowe and her family lived in Andover, Massachusetts from 1852 to 1864 when her husband Calvin was a professor at the Andover Theological Seminary. While there, they grew close to Martha Punchard and her daughter, the elder being the widow of the wealthy banker and notable town benefactor Benjamin H. Punchard, who bequeathed $50,000 to Andover for the purpose of founding its first public school. Stowe inscribed books are increasingly difficult to find, and those to a personal friend even more so. *BAL* 19443.