London: Ballantyne Press for Wm. Ibister, 1889. 2 vols. 8vo (9.3 in, 23.6 cm). [v] vi-xvii [xviiii] [blank],  2-326; [v] vi-xii,  2-370; front. ports.; illus. Index. Edited by Howitt's daughter Margaret Howitt.
First edition: Mary Howitt (1799-1888) was a writer, poet, translator, and editor of over one hundred titles. Raised as a Quaker, Howitt grew to become widely read. Her literary circle included Elizabeth Gaskell, Eliza Meteyard, Felicia Hemans, and Anna Jameson. Her eighteen-volume translation of Federika Bremer's novels were highly acclaimed, and her Poems and Ballads became highly fashionable. Mary Howitt and her daughters supported women's rights.
OCLC. DNB. Blain, Feminist Companion. Bound by W.J. Smith of Brighton: Contemporary tan half morocco, spines lettered in gilt with devices in blind and marbled-paper sides. Frontispiece portrait of author with tissue guard plus 33 in-text vignettes. Top edge gilt. Sturdy marbled endpapers. Provenance: contemporary ownership of Agnes A. Leach of Sturminster Newton to each front fly-leaf. Light shelfwear, preliminary and terminal leaves slightly foxed, occasional faint smudge. Remarkably well-preserved, tight, and clean first edition. Near fine. Item #1148