First Edition. Original pictorial cloth stamped in black. First published in the New York Ledger in 1856, this is the first printing of this tale in book form. Published the same year by Bonner in buff wrappers, priority unknown. Illustrated with engraved frontispiece. Cobb was by all accounts a prolific writer of “pulp” fiction and was associated with the New York Ledger for 31 years, contributing literally thousands of pieces for publication. Only two of his works ever progressed to book form however. A scarce printing of this story and a representative sampling of mid-ninteenth century American popular fiction. Front inner hinge cracked, but cover still firmly attached, light wear to extremities of cloth, front free endpaper soiled and slightly chipped–along with following prelim leaf, on foredge. Internally clean and sound. A good copy.