May 9th, 2012 by Laura Wasowicz
Richardson, Samuel. The History of Pamela or Virtue Rewarded. New York: N.C. Nafis, 1835.
This tale of a young woman’s rise from servant to a charitable and understanding wife of a wealthy man was a bestseller in the long eighteenth century. The frontispiece is a metal engraving of Pamela embracing her husband’s daughter from a previous relationship–pretty hot stuff for the early nineteenth century! Nehemiah C. Nafis issued popular literature including fairy tales and songsters in the 1830s.