Item #8170 A Friend. Miss Eliza Rossell, A Tale of The Unfortunate Female. Boston: Published by Z. D. Montague, 1845. Frontis., 36 pp., engravings. [Bound With]  J. K. Ingram. The Pirate’s Revenge; or A Tale of Don Pedro and Miss Lois Maynard. Boston: Wright’s Steam Power Press, 1845. Frontis., 36 pp., engravings. 12mo (7.5” x 4.5”), decorative brown cloth spine, brown and white marbled paper over boards. CONDITION: Very good, worn edges, minimal foxing.
A Friend. Miss Eliza Rossell, A Tale of The Unfortunate Female. Boston: Published by Z. D. Montague, 1845. Frontis., 36 pp., engravings. [Bound With]  J. K. Ingram. The Pirate’s Revenge; or A Tale of Don Pedro and Miss Lois Maynard. Boston: Wright’s Steam Power Press, 1845. Frontis., 36 pp., engravings. 12mo (7.5” x 4.5”), decorative brown cloth spine, brown and white marbled paper over boards. CONDITION: Very good, worn edges, minimal foxing.
A Friend. Miss Eliza Rossell, A Tale of The Unfortunate Female. Boston: Published by Z. D. Montague, 1845. Frontis., 36 pp., engravings. [Bound With]  J. K. Ingram. The Pirate’s Revenge; or A Tale of Don Pedro and Miss Lois Maynard. Boston: Wright’s Steam Power Press, 1845. Frontis., 36 pp., engravings. 12mo (7.5” x 4.5”), decorative brown cloth spine, brown and white marbled paper over boards. CONDITION: Very good, worn edges, minimal foxing.
A Friend. Miss Eliza Rossell, A Tale of The Unfortunate Female. Boston: Published by Z. D. Montague, 1845. Frontis., 36 pp., engravings. [Bound With]  J. K. Ingram. The Pirate’s Revenge; or A Tale of Don Pedro and Miss Lois Maynard. Boston: Wright’s Steam Power Press, 1845. Frontis., 36 pp., engravings. 12mo (7.5” x 4.5”), decorative brown cloth spine, brown and white marbled paper over boards. CONDITION: Very good, worn edges, minimal foxing.
A Friend. Miss Eliza Rossell, A Tale of The Unfortunate Female. Boston: Published by Z. D. Montague, 1845. Frontis., 36 pp., engravings. [Bound With]  J. K. Ingram. The Pirate’s Revenge; or A Tale of Don Pedro and Miss Lois Maynard. Boston: Wright’s Steam Power Press, 1845. Frontis., 36 pp., engravings. 12mo (7.5” x 4.5”), decorative brown cloth spine, brown and white marbled paper over boards. CONDITION: Very good, worn edges, minimal foxing.

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A Friend. Miss Eliza Rossell, A Tale of The Unfortunate Female. Boston: Published by Z. D. Montague, 1845. Frontis., 36 pp., engravings. [Bound With]  J. K. Ingram. The Pirate’s Revenge; or A Tale of Don Pedro and Miss Lois Maynard. Boston: Wright’s Steam Power Press, 1845. Frontis., 36 pp., engravings. 12mo (7.5” x 4.5”), decorative brown cloth spine, brown and white marbled paper over boards. CONDITION: Very good, worn edges, minimal foxing.



Both first editions. In these Antebellum moral tales concerning young women, one warns of the dangers of falling for men who are only “pretended” friends, while the other celebrates “the happiness that encircles virtue--and the misery that surrounds vice.” 

Miss Eliza Rossell tells of a young woman driven by “SELF-WILL” to fall for a handsome man who, though propertied, is wealthy not by “his own hard earnings” but through inheritance. Eliza’s father warns her that this man only cares for making “a great show in the world…to carouse and spend his evenings in scenes where vice reigns triumphant,” but she is convinced that this “young man who can and will enjoy himself while he is young,” is desirable. Ultimately, her family and friends prove correct and she is swindled out of her freedom and property. 

Ingram’s The Pirate’s Revenge concerns a Spaniard, Don Pedro, who, tiring of the “republican life…in the Spanish South American Provinces,” plunges “into every kind of dissipation and licentiousness” and pursues a career as a privateer against the Spanish. After turning pirate, he attempts to undermine the virtue of one Miss Lois Maynard, a “girl of ardent passions…and good morals…daughter of a New Hampshire farmer.” Ultimately, Don Pedro fails, meeting misfortune, while Miss Maynard emerges unscathed and happily married to one “Lord Morrill."

OCLC notes that a copy of Miss Eliza Rossell is held in the University of Wisconsin’s Madison's Cairns Collection of American Women Writers 1645-1930, perhaps suggesting that the tale is penned by a female author, although we find no further evidence of this.

Both works are scarce. OCLC records twenty copies of Miss Eliza Rossell in American libraries and just four copies of The Pirate’s Revenge.

REFERENCES: Wright, American Fiction, 1774-1850, 1366 for Pirate’s Revenge and 1879 for Miss Eliza.

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