New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1854. First Edition. Octavo (17.5cm); three quarter dark brown morocco, with marbled paper sides; marbled endpapers, blue speckled edges; 381pp. Leather portions are rubbed about the extremities; leading corners bumped; scuffing, abrasions and wear to paper portions, small wormhole on front, with superficial "bubbling" of paper. Soiling and foxing throughout textblock; front/rear pastedowns torn along gutters; gift inscription on ffep. Overall Good.
Tempest and Sunshine was the debut novel of Mary J. Holmes, a very bright young lady (she was working as a teacher by age 13) who went on to become a bestselling author in her time. The plot concerns two sisters of opposing natures—a vicious "Tempest" and a vapid "Sunshine"—as they squabble and scheme in Old South Kentucky. A popular book, it was transformed into a stage production, and later saw multiple adaptations as those newfangled "moving pictures"