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 back, no ads; 3 chromolithos incld frontis, b/w illustrations, about 38 in all, Address to Parents, (listed Note by the Editor not present in this issue, also illustrations listed in different order) 266 pp. 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