New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1850.
Hardcover. Very good. First American edition. 357 pp +  pp publisher's ads. Original brown cloth with blind-stamped decoration. gilt spine lettering. Very mild spine slant, corners rubbed, one signature loosening (but not detached), occasional light foxing; about very good. Grace Aguilar (1816-1847) was a British novelist and writer on Jewish history and religion. "Her parents were Sephardic Jews and her father was a prominent member of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish congregation in London. She was educated at home, and began writing poetry and drama as a child.... [Her] first major published works were on Jewish subjects. At a time when British Jews were under increasing pressure to convert to Christianity, she produced three works of apologia on behalf of Judaism....[She] was best-known in the Victorian period, however, for her popular domestic and historical novels which celebrated the role of the middle-class mother in teaching and maintaining standards of charity, obedience, and piety" (DNB). This is one of her seveeral domestic novels focusing on relationships among women. Like much of her work, it was published posthumously.