The White Donkey; or, Industry & Patience Well Rewarded. With Fine Engravings.

Publisher: London: Edward Lacey; Liverpool: Henry Lacey, [1837].
Edition: Second printing; the first was dated 1830, issued by the same publisher.
Bibliographical References: OCLC records four locations for the 1830 issue (Florida, Indiana, BL, UBS) and one for this 1837 issue (Toronto).
Condition: Boards worn and a little darkened, but the images are clear and intact; very good copy.
Book ID: 28010


12mo, original blue cloth backed pictorial boards. Frontispiece, vignette title, three plates and one vignette. Four pages of advertisements.


A scarce work of fiction for young adults, with a dual moral lesson about the poor, in which the anonymous author attributes their misery to the surplus of labor caused by mechanization. The "increasing depravity of the lower orders" is a result of economic forces, not moral turpitude. The main character, Richard Strange, is born into poverty but manages to succeed with determination, hard work - and some luck.

Price: $375.00

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