Boston: Lee and Shepard Publishers, 1871. Hardcover. x, 322p., first edition in original brick red cloth which is slightly edgeworn (some fraying at head and tail of spine), minor stains on front panel, paper slightly toned, previous owner's names (in pencil, datelined New Orleans year of publication) on front blank end paper, else good condition. Find a fine old bookseller's fiche on rear pastedown, reading "Albert Eyrich, 130 Canal St."
Collins worked in the 1840s in textile mills in Lawrence and Lowell Massachusetts, in 1868 she joined the struggle for the eight hour day and the New England Labor Reform League. In 1869 she helped found the Working Women's League of Boston and that autumn she helped lead a textile strike in Dover, New Hampshire. In 1870 Collins opened Boffin's Bower as a center in Boston for poor and working women. She wrote this book to help support her work with the working women of Boston.