The Acquisitions Table: The History of Pamela or Virtue Rewarded

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.

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Laura Wasowicz

Curator of Children's Literature, American Antiquarian Society

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