First book edition. Rare thus.
Boston: James R. Osgood, 1880. Illustrated.
12mo, original green cloth with lettering and design decoratively stamped in black , gilt-lettered spine. Very slight cover wear, else fine.
The papers appeared serially as early as 1868 in Our Young Folks and later in St. Nicholas magazine. A sequel. The Last of the Peterkins, followed in 1886.
Hers was a family of achievers: Lucretia's father, a successful businessman, was nephew and namesake of the revolutionary war martyr Nathan Hale. Her mother, described as an intelligent, energetic and versatile person was a sister of the orator and statesman Edward Everitt. A brother, the poet, storyteller (The Man Without a Country, My Double and How He Outdid Me) and Unitarian minister Edward Everitt Hale would become Chaplain of the Senate. [Peter Parley to Penrod p. 52. Browne: The One Hundred Best Books by American Women During the Past Hundred Years 1833-1933, p. 72. DAB. NAW].