Clara Louise Burnham (1854-1927) was evidently a prolific and popular author, whose books remain available in all possible formats (one 'Jewel: a chapter in her life' was made into a film in 1923). 'Hearts' Haven', however, may be one of the less well-known titles, and this particular edition appears to be rare (possibly produced specially as a school prize edition).
The book is in a fairly worn condition, unsurprising perhaps in view of its age and the fact that it was a school prize and probably much read. Bound in faded green cloth with an art deco-style design on the front cover and title etc on the spine in darker green, it is somewhat battered externally, with a frank 2.5 cm tear at the front L/H bottom corner, all corners bumped, and shelfwear to top and bottom of the spine. Internally, however, the endpapers are intact, and the binding is generally firm, the only loose (but still holding) pages being the first 10 or so. There is some foxing, mainly on the loose endpapers and page edges, but also visible on many of the pages generally. A decorative plate on the fep proclaims it to have been presented as a prize in 1922. A charming frontispiece of a lady holding a bunch of flowers may represent the author, or perhaps a character in the book. Its protective tissue sheet is present, though badly browned, and has also browned the illustration itself. Although the title page mentions further illustrations, there are none apart from this frontispiece - again, suggesting it was specially produced as a school prize. This is a rare edition, and as such may be of interest to a collector.