(New York: Charles Scribner, 1851). 193 x 128 mm. (7 5/8 x 5"). 286 pp. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE.
Handsome later dark green morocco by Bennett of New York (stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in), covers with gilt-ruled border, raised bands, spine compartments decoratively gilt, gilt-ruled turn-ins, original cloth covers bound in at rear. With frontispiece image of a family at the fireside. BAL 13931. Hint of shelf wear to edges and corners, contents a little age-toned, occasional minor blemish, but a very nice, clean copy in a lustrous binding.
This is an attractively bound copy of one of the author's best-known works, containing sentimental musings on the various ages, or "seasons," of one's life. I. K. Marvel was the pseudonym of Donald Grant Mitchell (1822-1908), a farmer and writer based in Connecticut, whose style, as described by Britannica, "is quiet, simple, and archaic." This work is dedicated to Washington Irving, an author Mitchell had long admired. (ST13599-27)
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