New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1868. Reprint. Octavo (15.5cm); brick red cloth, stamped in blind, gilt on spine; 180pp. Tear along front joint of spine, plus chips, material loss to heel and crown; boards show moderate rubbing, soiling, edgewear. Ownership signatures on ffep; foxing and soiling throughout textblock; bindings slightly shaken, else Good or Better.
German author/social reformer Heinrich Zschokke wrote many tales, including this popular story of a man who returns from a war (with a gnarly forehead scar and "enormous mustachios") only to find his hometown has sunk into vice and decay. He becomes the new town schoolmaster, but this is only the start of his mission to improve life for the spiritually impovershed people of Goldenthal. Contemporary newspapers list the "Happy Child's Library" as containing 18 volumes, of which this short fable of German rural life and moral persuasion was presumably a part.