Illustrated. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1870 2 pp preliminary undated ads, plus 8 pp terminal ads dated June 1870. Original green cloth.
First American (and first illustrated) Edition, by the author best known for THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH.
The scene is laid in Hillsborough, an English manufacturing city; and the story relates to the struggles of Henry Little, workman and inventor, against the jealousy and prejudice of the trade-unions. Because he is a Londoner, because he is better trained and consequently better paid than the Hillsborough men, because he invents quicker processes and labor-saving devices, he is subjected to a series of persecutions worthy of the Dark Ages, and is ground between the two millstones of Capital and Labor; -- for if the workmen are ferocious and relentless, they have learned their villainy from the masters... [Warner et al.]
In the UK, Reade's tale first appeared serially in Cornhill Magazine (March 1869 - July 1870 and then in three volumes (Smith Elder, May 1870, no illustrations); in the US it appeared serially in Sheldon's The Galaxy (November 1869 - July 1870), after which Sheldon sold the book rights to Harper, who came out with this illustrated edition (both in cloth and in wrappers) in mid-1870.
Condition is very good-plus (a few faint cover marks, very light wear at the spine ends). Parrish & Miller pp 231-232. Item #14849