New York: Howe & Bates, 1836.
First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 4 x 6.25 inches, in orignal brown cloth with mounted paper label (rubbed) on spine. Boards lightly soiled and edgeworn, foxing throughout text. Odd Fellows library bookplate ("I.O. of O.F. Library Inst.d June 1842") on front pastedown. A sensationalist anti-Catholic work, one of many published in the United States during the 1830 and 1840s--a time of increased hostility to Catholics brought on by new waves of immigration. Ever since its publication, there has been considerable debate over the credibility (if any) of this book. Whether true or false, Monk's account of life in a convent where nuns were forced to have sex with priests (and to murder any resulting babies) was a bestseller that helped fuel nativist sentiment in nineteenth century America.