New York: John B. Alden, 1891. First Edition. Cloth. 8vo. 7.5"x5.25". Olive cloth with gilt lettering and embossed black decorations on spine and cover. 268 pp.
Several small stains on covers. Hinges overopened. Foxing to endpapers. Occasional foxing throughout.
The is a first edition of Elder David Bartley's allegorical religious novel about a pious young girl. Bartley was a Primitive Baptist author who published numerous evangelical treatises, with Mercy Deering being among the scarcest. Upon its publication, The Primitive Monitor and Church Advocate praised Mercy Deering: "Next after the Bible and Bunyan's [Pilgrim's Progress], it would be difficult to find a more suitable or excellent book for parents to put into the hands of their children, in this vain, worldly, Mammon-worshiping age." Very good. Item #1061