New York: Scribner's, 1889. Hardcover. Later edition, 3 years after the 1st of 1886 (the design is the same). Fine in a dustjacket with spots and short tears, else near fine (a fairly flabbergasting refugee from the law of averages). There’s probably a copy in a 1st printing jacket out there someplace but I’ve never seen one, so this will have to do for now, much in the same way that where there are no lions, the bobcat feels enormously self–important. fine / near fine. Item #432
A bestselling and decidedly influential novel in its time, that’s been flippantly blown off as sappy by those who haven’t read it, but saints bring people to the fullness of their lives by making moral decency attractive (the irony is that a full heart has room for everything while an empty heart has room for nothing). And though it’s easy to poke fun at a halcyon novel centered on goodness, ponder this. Goodness is recurrently conjoined with kindness, and kindness is love in repose.