i-ii, [missing iii-iv], v-viii, 9-254,  pages. Hardcover; H 18.75cm x L 12.75cm. Original dark green cloth with vibrant gilt stamped flower vignette upon front board, slight rubbing to spine's otherwise very bright gilt stamped title lettering and lengthwise floral decoration, slight fraying at spine ends and at lightly bumped board corners, very light stains to both boards with black ink near bottom of rear board. All edges gilt. Pink endpapers; somewhat faded pencil gift inscription upon front pastedown; front free endpaper and front flyleaf raggedly torn out; antiquarian ink gift inscription upon half-title page. Binding still firm but slight split evident between pages 96-97. Strong toning and foxing to interior leaves with some soiling as well; several page corners creased. Unpaged chromolithograph title page before page v and four b/w plates opposite pages 52, 96, 152, and 208. It is quite likely that this book is the 1851 London edition for there is a British printer's statement at the foot of page 254 (J.S. Pratt, Stokesley, Yorkshire). The Cambridge University online library catalogue cites an 1851 edition among their collection with the same pagination; however their catalogue entry does cite six plates including a frontispiece which is lacking from this copy. OCLC cites American and British imprints of various years for but with 430 pages which obviously excludes this copy. Text is a collection of short essays, poems, anecdotes, etc. by assorted authors for a daily moment of Christian inspiration. A good copy. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: [Lacks title page but is]: THE SACRED ...
Publisher: [Lacks title page but presumably the imprint is London: Partridge & Oakley, ca 1851.]
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