New York: De Witt and Davenport, 1854. First Edition. Collection of temperance-minded short stories set in the streets of New York, the majority of which were first published in the "New York Tribune." The hints at sexual profligacy made the book for a brief period of time a massive best-seller (see Teresa Michaels, "Books for Children, Books for Adults" (2014), p. 201). SABIN 72182; WRIGHT II 2097. Octavo (19cm.); publisher's red pictorial gilt-stamped cloth; viii,9-408pp.; added engraved title page, seven leaves of plates, text illus. throughout. Boards scuffed with exposure at corners, shallow but rather unfortunate loss at spine crown, one signature proud, contemporary ownership inscription of the Rochester, New York, lawyer George F. Danforth (1819-1899), together with his later ex libris (minor evidence of an attempt at removal) to front pastedown.