Stockton, Frank R. The Casting Away of Mrs. Lecks and Mrs. Aleshine. New York: The Century Co., 1886. First Edition.
Maroon cloth, spine with gilt titles, front board with black titles, 5 x 7 1/2, 130 clean pp., tight, no adverts or illustrations. Ink namestamp on the rear fly page of the noted book collector John S. Mayfield. Minor fraying at the spine ends, corner tips rubbed. Signature numbers present. Good. Hardcover. 
"The Casting Away of Mrs. Lecks and Mrs. Aleshine is an adventure about the two widows, Mrs. Leeks and Mrs. Aleshine who, after a lifetime of hard work on their farms, set out on what is supposed to be a relaxing retirement cruise to Japan. In mid-ocean, however, they are shipwrecked by a collision and cast ashore on a deserted island, like Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe." - Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction.
Francis Richard Stockton (1834-1902), b. Philadelphia, PA; d. Washington, DC. Stockton was a popular novelist and short-story writer of mainly humorous fiction, and in the 1870's was editor of Hearth and Home.