A voyage to the Fortunate Isles : an allegory of life
- London : Joseph Masters, 
- Physical Description:
- viii, 93, 54 pages ; 15 cm
- A series of allegories intended for Victorian children, using the model of the 'Fortunate Isles' from Greek mythology. Each chapter includes a detailed series of questions and answers based around the text, explaining the allegorical meaning of various events and characters in Christian religious terms. The child protagonists Ernest, Felix, and Victor eventually succeed in steering their respective ships to a promised land equated with Heaven. The Preface suggests this anonymous work was written by a woman, likely a governess or Sunday-school teacher, who speaking in the third-person professes that "for her book, she can have no higher ambition than that the sisterhood of governesses may deem it not wholly unworthy of being read and explained by them, to the little ones commited to their care."
- Date of publication from advertisement in Publishers' circular for first two weeks of 1855.
Not to be confused with poetic work of same title by American poet Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt published in 1874.
"London: Printed by Joseph Masters and Co., Aldersgate Street"--Verso of title-page.
Engraved title-page decorated with rustic tree branch lettering framed by ivy vines.
Publisher's catalog (54 pages) at end.
- Source of Acquisition:
- Rare Books copy: Purchased from David Rueger, INLIBRIS; 2016.
Rare Books copy: Purchased with funds from the A. Howry and Erma Espenshade Memorial Libraries Endowment; 2016.
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