Saint John, N. B. Printed by Geo. W. Day, Corner Prince Wm. and Princess Sts. 1887. "Fifth Edition" [stated]. The First Edition published in 1816 (cf. Sabin 3947; Watters, p. 462). 82 pp. Wood engraved vignette to front wrapper. 8vo. 8" x 5-1/4". Late 19th C. 3/4 blue sheep binding with marbled paper boards. Marbled eps. Original pale green printed wrappers retained. Rear wrapper an advert for Geo. Day. Binding shows some extremity wear. Original wrappers & text paper show age-toning, with rear wrapper having a chip from the fore-edge. A VG copy. Item #41538
"Henry More Smith (also known as Henry Frederick Moon, Henry J. Moon, Henry Hopkins, Henry Frederick More Smith and William Newman) was a confidence man, master puppeteer, hypnotist, seer, liar, and above all else a superlative escape artist who lived for a while in New Brunswick, Canada. Chains, handcuffs, shackles, even made-to-fit iron collars could not hold him." [Wiki].
The author, Bates, was the sheriff of Kings' County, New Brunswick.
Uncommon in the trade.