Anne Pratt (1806-1893) was one of the most successful women botanical illustrators of the 1800s. This book displays her love for the Lord and her high view of the role of women in this world of sin and misery.
The Religious Tract Society, founded 1799, was the original name of a major British publisher of Christian literature intended initially for evangelism, and including literature aimed at children, women, and the poor. This evangelical, non-denominational society dedicated to printing and distributing tracts. These tracts were ‘silent messengers’ among the working classes, urging them to consider the sinfulness of their ways and to accept the sacrifice made by Christ on the cross as the only way to salvation.
The Society started out in a very small way by publishing tracts, but it survived, grew and prospered. It soon went beyond the plans of its founders, by supplying tracts in foreign languages for the use of overseas missionaries, and by producing small books for children. The founders were of the same type of evangelicals who founded the London Missionary Society and the British and Foreign Bible Society. By the late 1820s, it was a publisher of religious periodicals, children’s books, and collected sermons as well as tracts, and its publications were circulated in Great Britain and overseas. Sister organizations were founded all over the world. The RTS is also notable for being the publisher of the Boys’ Own Paper and Girl’s Own Paper. Although their books were primarily small, they did include larger works such as the multi-volume Devotional Commentary and the massive Analytical Concordance to the Bible of Robert Young. In 1935 the RTS merged with the Christian Literature Society for India and Africa to form the United Society for Christian Literature (USCL).