Syracuse: E.H. Babcock & Co., 1853.
First and only edition. 12mo, 148 pp, in publisher’s blind-stamped plum cloth. Wood-engraved vignette of a family scene on title page. Inscribed on the front pastedown “Mrs. Clement Dale, the Author L.D. Davis a Cousin of my Mama.” Some staining to boards, internals clean; very good. Four copies located in OCLC.
A typical (but uncommon) example of nineteenth century sentimental mourning literature. Reverend Davis, a Methodist minister, reflects on the frailty of mankind and the particular heartbreak of losing a child. He offers comfort to the bereaved through scriptural evidence that a deceased child goes to a better place and will be reunited with loved ones in eternity.