Publisher: New York: Orange Judd, (1871).
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: BAL 5096, printing 1; Wright II, 843.
Condition: Fine copy.
Book ID: 14919
Description8vo, original gilt decorated terra-cotta cloth, gilt lettering. Frontis, 11 plates and illustrations in the text.
CommentsA fine copy of Eggleston’s first novel and an important work of 19th century American fiction. Eggleston’s sympathetic and realistic account of the life of a school teacher in rural Indiana was an attempt to bring a slice of Western backwoods life to American readers who, he states in the preface, are over-exposed to the “manners, customs, thoughts and feelings of New England country people.” The Hoosier School-Master was immensely popular: within a month over 50 thousand copies were sold, and it was soon translated into Dutch, German, Danish and French. The first printing of this first edition is very scarce.