New York: Martyn & Miller, 1850. First Thus. Octavo (22cm); three-quarter brown leather with marbled paper sides, black label and gilt on spine; 447pp., frontispiece, 24 plates. Leather portions deteriorating, cracked (esp. on spine); paper portions rubbed and scratched, extremities chapped. Interiors comprehensively foxed, small tears throughout; binding shaken; inscription on ffep. Good but complete.
From 1846 to 1862, The Ladies' Wreath presented feminine, morally-upright fiction, essays, poetry, songs, and more; in keeping with the title theme, each issue also included a hand-colored print of a flower. It was published on a monthly basis, but like many periodicals of the time, The Ladies' Wreath would also offer "parlor annuals"—single volumes containing annual highlights, such as this edition for 1849-1850. Despite the overall declining condition of this copy, it is complete and its ten flower prints are still colorful and charming.