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[SHERWOOD, Mrs. Mary Martha]. Waste not, want not.

London. The Religious Tract Society, 1837.
12mo. 72pp. With numerous woodcut illustrations in the text. Stitched, as issued, in original publisher's pictorial paper wrappers. Without spine panel, dust-soiled and a trifle chipped. Inked and pencilled ownership inscriptions to recto of FFEP and foot of p.70.
An apparently unrecorded Religious Tract Society edition of Mary Martha Sherwood's (1775-1851) Worcester-based morality tale for children. The narrative centres around young Mary, who, in an effort to provide for her kindly widowed mother and subsidise her income as a glove sewer, takes a position as a housekeeper at a local estate. There, she earns the animosity of a fellow female employee Hannah, a rather languorous young woman. Hannah, naturally, proves herself the more diligent worker, learning the benefits of honest employment, commitment to one's duties, and the dangers of procrastination.

Whilst COPAC and OCLC locate other contemporary editions, none are dated, as here, 1837.
£ 100.00 Antiquates Ref: 21894