'Lowell and Abigail: A Realistic Idyll' - Mary Dillingham Frear
'Lowell and Abigail: A Realistic Idyll' - Mary Dillingham Frear Privately Printed, New Haven, 1934. First Edition. Hardcover. 324 pages. Beautiful, custom-designed endpages, folding map printed in color, 22 plates showing 35 illustrations. Provenance: Includes a photograph of Lowell Frear and a newspaper clipping about the family (Virginia and Beatrice Frear); also, a slip of paper bearing the author's signature: "Compliments of Mary Dillingham Frear." Condition: FINE. A near flawless copy minus dust jacket. Some scratches and edgewear on cover, scratches and browning on spine. Inside pages tight and bright, little to no signs of wear. "The life story of the Reverend Lowell Smith and his wife Abigail Willis Smith, missionaries under the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to the Sandwich Islands, as told by their grand daughter, with long excerpts from their journals. With descriptions of day to day life as well as vivid personal reactions to important events during their time in Hawaii, such as meeting the King of the Sandwich Islands, the seizure by Lord George Paulet of Hawaii in the name of England; the smallpox epidemics; the laying of the Atlantic cable and the work on the Great western Rail road; and the arrival of the Bell telephone."