Moral Tales, by Maria Edgeworth (Philadelphia: C.G. Henderson & Co.; New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1856)
Originally published in England in 1801, this 1856 American edition of Moral Tales features original designs by F. O. C. Darley. It is representative of a mid-19th century gift book—one that is designed primarily to be presented as a gift and thus often elaborately embellished. Gift books of the 1850s typically feature red cloth bindings, gold stamping on the cover, and gilt edges on the pages.