First edition of the first book in the Elsie Dinsmore series, a major precursor to the Nancy Drew books.
Rare and beautiful copy of this early young adult novel, equal parts exciting melodrama and sentimental moral instruction with Presbyterian overtones. Elsie Dinsmore attained an extraordinary prominence in the canon of girls' series books, with her adventures running to 28 books; an institution to be rebelled against by all the less pious dreamers and intrepid detectives of 20th-century children's literature who followed in her footsteps, such as Nancy Drew.
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New York: M.W. Dodd, 1867. 6.5'' x 4.5''. Original embossed purple cloth boards with decorative gilt titling to spine. Illustrated frontispiece with intact tissue guard. 288 pages. Housed in custom purple leather and blue-grey clamshell box. Bookplate on front pastedown. Just a hint of sunning to spine and light soil to page 1.
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