Breathings Of The Better Life, edited by Lucy Larcom. Copyright 1866 and published 1867 by Ticknor & Fields, Boston. The hard cover book measures 6 1/2" X 5", and has 285 numbered pages. "The purpose of this little book is to blend a few brief utterances of the elder saints with words spoken by some of the most earnest and reverent thinkers of our own day; to echo, from the high grounds of faith and aspiration, voices that cannot fail to inspire the traveller struggling upward to a better life". The book contains inspirational poems by such poets as Stowe, Whitter, and Emerson and excerpts from the Bible. The binding is tight and the interior pages are clean and unmarked. The cover shows light age appropriate Antique 145 year old wear, and the interior pages show light age appropriate wear and coloring.