(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.