Boston: Lothrop Publishing Company, (1881, 1897 Oliver Optic text, Lee & Shepard), probable first in this format, glossy paper-covered heavy card boards, titles and cover illustration outlined in gilt, red cloth spine, large b/w illustration on b. Juvenile hardback.
Adams, the popular American mid-century adventure writer, created an "amiable youth... capable of exalted feelings" and thus more suited to children (and, undoubtedly, parents). Written earlier under his pseudonym Oliver Optic and republished as a lovely gift book, with Robinson's hairy clothes, the dog, and even the puddle all outlined in gold, the book contains a few chromolithos and plentiful, clearly printed, black and white illustrations in text and separate throughout.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus; neat 1899 grandmother's gift inscription to George Allen Smith, straight, tight, very clean and well cared for, corners rubbed and edges with tiny bumps, two pinholes in spine gutter. Item #21881