Boston: Fields, Osgood, & Co., 1870. First Edition. Octavo (18cm); green cloth, bubble grain, stamped in blind w/ gilt titling on spine; brown endpapers; iv, 295pp. Spine slightly cocked; mild rubbing and edgewear, corners bumped. Textblock top edge dust-soiled; minor pulling at signatures, with some exposed threads; intermittent foxing and soiling. Very Good overall.
Author Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward (publishing under the name of her mother, who was also a writer) often wrote of social reform issues of the day, such as women's rights, class structure, animal cruelty, and spirituality. Her Hedged In (1870) explores the plight of an unwed 15-year old mother; while young Eunice "Nixy" Trent eventually finds professional stability, she is still utterly failed by a society and system that leaves her mentally destroyed by her experiences. BAL 20870.