The Widow's Only Son

The Widow's Only Son

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Philadelphia: [n.p.], ca 1869. Approximately 1 1/2 x 2 1/16". [3], 3-64 p. Green leather binding with with gilt decorations, two bands on spine, beautiful dentelle on both inside covers, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, one frontispice illustration and three more throughout, red solander case of approximately the same period showing a little wear, letterpress, all in near fine condition. Only 2 copies currently on OCLC as of 4/24. (Bradbury Antique, p. 195)

The publisher is not identified but the address in this book matches an address for a publisher J. Hamilton of Philadephia. Bookseller Jane Hamilton operated a small publishing business within her Church Book Store on Chestnut Street in the heart of Philadelphia. As one of the first women who printed books in the USA, she published under imprints such as J. Hamilton, J. Hamilton Thomas, and The Protestant Epiiscopal Book Society. She issued religious books, children's books, and poetry from the 1850s to 1870s. She seems to have published at least 4 miniature books. (Eminent Miniatures from the McGehee Miniature Book Collection, UVA, p. 15)