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Ilmen, Haras.
JACK O' HEARTS - OR - HER PROTEGE, by Harras Ilmen.
New York: Lowe & Company, Printers, 1880., 1880.. Very good. - Octavo, 6-3/4 inches high by 4-1/2 inches wide. Brown cloth by E. Walkers Son, titled in gilt with formal roulettes in black at the top and bottom of the front cover and with the same pattern in blind on the rear cover. The covers are slightly rubbed & soiled with a minor tiny stain to the rear cover. 193 pages. There is some occasional minor soiling and staining. Very good. First edition. Rare. [Wright No. 2880].Bound by "E. Walkers Son - Bookbinders - 14 Dey St. N.Y." with the binder's armorial blind stamp embossed at the top of the rear endpaper.The author's name appears to be a pseudonym. The dedication to "Louisa May Alcott", and the author's introduction might indicate that this novel was composed by a woman: "I did not intend to write a preface, because a preface is so seldom read; but a friend said to me: 'Are you not extremely anxious to know what people will say about you [sic] book? I should think you would so dread the criticisms upon it, especially those of your friends' I replied that I had not allowed myself to think of that, and closed the conversation; mentally resolved not to talk much with her about my book. When 'Josiah Allen' said to his wife, in regard to her literary effort, 'Samantha, who will read it when its rote?' she replied that she had put her 'shoulder-blade to the wheel,' and would not turn back."
Bookseller: Blue Mountain Books & Manuscripts, Ltd.
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