Title: Dairyman's Daughter. >>SCARCE MINIATURE ...
Publication Date: 1840
Book Condition: Very Good
224 printed pages. Slight damage and small hole in title page. Lacks front free endpaper. Leaves evenly age-toned. 35 x 53 mm. Contemporary black roan. All edges gilt. This is a miniature edition of the original moral tale that was later followed by sequels, The Dairyman's Cottage and The Conversion of the Dairyman's Daughter. It had a remarkably wide distribution and influence. It was a narrative of the true experience of Elizabeth Wallbridge, who was the person after whom the book was named. Elizabeth Wallbridge was born, lived and died in the Parish of Arreton, Isle of Wight, England. Her parents although worthy were of the lowly ranks of the poor, and their children were put to service at an early age. The author of the narrative was Rev. Legh Richmond, a religious writer of the period, who was the curate of the neighbouring parish of Brading. According to the account in the book, Miss Wallbridge's life until the age of 26 was of the most worldly character. Never immoral, she was willful, proud, selfish and irreligious. Her life was, however, transformed by a sermon and she became very devout. With exceptional strength of mind, a retentive memory, the mastery of a few religious classics and enforced leisure because of illness, she devoted time and strength to the study of the Bible in which she became remarkably proficient. Miss Wallbridge, after a lingering sickness of a year and a half, died May 30, 1801, at the age of 31 years. During her illness Rev. Richmond often visited her and talked with her, and these discussions inspired him to write the book. Scarce in commerce. Bondy, 129. Welsh, 6008. Seller Inventory # 5208