New York: Leavitt & Allen, 1850. Hardcover. No date . 288 pages, floral design around text to each page. Blue cloth with embossed design on cover and gilt decoration to spine. Small octavo. Corners bumped and chafed, frays to head and tail of spine. Some light discoloration to cover, general edgewear. Some names and writing on front endpapers, some spotting to margins and light toning, overall text clean. Good Plus. Item #76159
Eliza Cook [1818-1889] began writing poetry as a child and published her first poetry collection , "Lays of a Wild Harp" when she was seventeen. In 1838, her poem "The Old Armchair" brought her fame in England and the United States. From 1849-54 she published "Eliza Cook's Journal", a weekly periodical which she also wrote and edited. Cook was a social activist, speaking out against child labor and general poor working conditions; promoted political and sexual freedom for women and self-improvement through education.