Wise, Daniel. The Path of Life: Or, Sketches of the Way to Glory and Immortality, A Help for Young Christians. New-York: Lane & Scott, 1851. 
Black cloth stamped in blind & gilt, 4 1/2 x 7 inches, worn at the corner and ends, some loss of cloth along the edges of the spine, 1858 inscription by an invalid at the Seamans Retreat (NY) on the ffep, xii., 246 pp., publisher's catalogue, light foxing throughout, tight. Fair. Hardcover.
The Seamans Retreat was a hospital for sick and disabled seamen maintained on Staten Island by the New York State. It was in operation from from 1831 to 1882.
"The following pages are designed for the especial benefit of young pilgrims in the way of life. In their first journeyings they meet with many difficulties. Now, a fog obscures the path; here a net is spread; there, a pit is dug; elsewhere seductive syrens sing the bewitching songs of error; and in other places tempting arbors invite them to slumber in shady bowers. Dangers lie all along the path. To explain these dangers, to warn the young pilgrim, to excite his fears, to animate his hopes, are the aims of this book." - from the preface.
Daniel Wise, D.D. (1813-1898), author and editor of Sunday-School publications; b. Portsmouth, England; emigrated to the United States in 1833; became a member of the New England Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1840, transferred to the Providence Conference in 1843. Rev. Wise was engaged in literary work for most of his career as a minister; as editor of Zion's Herald (1852-56), corresponding secretary of the Sunday-School Union and of the Tract Society of his denomination (1856-72); and credited with publishing over forty titles of his own. At different periods he was also editor of The Sunday-School Messenger, The Ladies' Pearl, and The Rhode Island Temperance Pledge.