This neat book was written by Philip Paxton which was a pseudonym for Samuel Adams Hammett. The book was published by Redfield of New York in 1859. The book has the original cover with very light printing on the spine and shows wear on the edges of the cover. The book has 416 pages with an additional 11 pages of advertisements for books offered by Redfield. The book has a piece of page 287 missing that is 2" by 3/4" and takes out a few words. There are a couple of other small chips and tears in the book. The binding is fairly tight with the first 70 pages rolled out a little. The fly leaf art was colored a long time ago but the title art is untouched. There is an inscription in the front that is mostly erased that reads, "James W. Shields, Korlbough City, Wisconsin, December 5, 1861. The book is 7 1/2" high and 5" wide.