Sarah Stickney Ellis (1799–16 June 1872) was a Quaker turned Congregationalist who was the author of numerous books, mostly written about women's role(s) in society. She argued that it was the religious duty of women, as daughters, wives, and mothers, to provide the influence for good that would improve society
Particularly well-known are The Wives of England, The Women of England, The Mothers of England, and The Daughters of England, also her more directly educational works such as Rawdon House and Education of the Heart: Women's Best Work. Related to her principal literary theme of moral education for women, she established Rawdon House in Hertfordshire; a school for young ladies intended to apply the principles illustrated in her books to the "moral training, the formation of character, and in some degree the domestic duties of young ladies."
This volume, published in 1851, is one of a series intended for young people, containing moral tales and educational articles. The spine covering is missing and the cover has no lettering. It is covered in faded leatherette with a dark red leather spine. The interior has toned considerably over the years although the main text is clearly legible. The block stitching is visible at points throughout the book, but this does not detract from the many plates which, although a little foxed in places, and some missing their tissue guards, remain attractive and collectible even after 164 years.