[BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS]. EARLE, Alice Morse (editor). Diary of Anna Green Winslow. A Boston School Girl of 1771. Boston and New York; Houghton, Mifflin And Company. The Riverside Press, Cambridge. 1894.
8vo. Original oatmeal buckram lettered in black to spine with sampler design in blue, green and red to upper board, top edges olivine, others untrimmed; pp. [iii], iv-xx + [iv] + 121; with photographic portrait frontispiece and 5 other photographic plates together with one page of facsimile manuscript from the diary; a very good, sound copy with overall dust-soiling and uniform darkening to spine, with a faint cup ring to upper cover; internally fine and uninscribed.
First edition. This 72-page diary records the activities of 10-year-old Anna Green Winslow, who was sent by her family from her home in Nova Scotia to be 'finished' within the Boston school system. It represents a glimpse into the society of that time and is a "sprightly record" of the prim and narrow round of New England domestic life. Her interests revolve around fashion as she carefully details her dress and toilette while offering witty accounts of modish hairstyling. At the same time her strict Puritan upbringing is reflected by her attentions to her religion. She is an attentive learner who applies herself to her lessons and her household labours and accomplishments. The volume contains a fully-researched Foreword, giving history and context, and also a 45-page section of notes, which are of considerable historical interest.