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History of the United States of America, Vol 1. John P. Jewett & Company.Boston.1858
Price: $45.00

160pp. green cloth with , with gilt stamp rendering of the monument at Bunker Hill, on the front cover. Miniature book.  This is the first volume in Byron's Diamond Library series. It covers the history of the United States up to the 1855. The miniature book is broken into eleven sections: Declaration of Independence, Signer's Names, History of the Constitution, Constitution, History of States and Territories (geographically arranged), Size of the West, Commerce & Navigation, Lives of President and Election Returns, Battle of  Bunker Hill, Battle of Bennington, and Siege of Baltimore.  Measures 2 1/4" x 1 1/2". Covers show minor edge wear. There is damage to the bottom left of the front cover. The interior pages themselves offset.
Vase of Flowers. G W Cottrell.Boston.1851
Price: $45.00

96 pp, Decorated green cloth binding, with gilt edges. Miniature book. Edited by Anna Elizabeth, this pocket book details the language of flowers. On each page, it denotes a flower, what it looks like, its meaning and then a poem or verse. For example: Daffodil - Native of Spain, Magnificent flowers of golden yellow - Uncertainty - The flowers that smiles today, Tomorrow dies; All that we wish to stay, Tempts and then flies. What is this world's delight? Lightening that mocks the night, Brief as bright. Stereotyped: Hobart & Robbins Measures 3 1/8" x 2 1/4". Minor edge wear due to rubbing (mostly on the back strip). There is an inscription by a previous owner on one page. Interior pages are soiled and stained throughout (particularly in the first half of the book), but nothing that effects the readability of the text. Page 15/16 is out of order, and is in fact before the Preface.
History of the Bible. Phinney & Co.Buffalo, NY.1857
Price: $55.00

192 pp, blind stamp covers. A brief history of the bible originally intended for a juvenile audience. Along with the text there are nearly two dozen black and white illustrations, the majority of which are portriats of the interregnal figures of the bible. Such as Adam, Noah, Abraham and Joseph. There are approximately five illustrations of various scenes from the bible such as "Samson and the Lion" and "The Crucifixion." . Measures 2" x 1 3/4". Moderate cover and edge wear due to rubbing. The back strip shows heavy wear. The front cover is partially detached from the text. The last interior page (it's blank) has a water stain on it, as well an signature from a previous owner.
Mrs. C Durang The Way to Happiness, A Moral Story. Fisher & Brother.Philadelphia.1860
Price: $55.00

This look book tell the story of Mrs Mortimer and the school she opened after she became a widow. The story focuses on her two children, Josephine and Edward, her one of her favored pupils, Emma. There are eight black and white lithographs illustrating important scenes. The book is inscribed on the inside front cover; it was given to a student by her teacher. On the inside back cover, there is a list of other books that were a part of "The Child's Evergreen Miniature Library." 192 pp. Decorated pink cloth binding, with gilt edges. Measures 3" x 2 1/2". Slight cover and edge wear due to rubbing. The covers are soiled and faded, as is the gilt edges. The covers are partially detached from the text book. Interior pages have some minor foxing, soiling and stains due to age.
Edward Young, D. D. The Complaint; or Night Thoughts, and the Force of Religion. Oliver L Sanborn.Portland.1839
Price: $65.00

Edward Young was an English poet from the 18th century, whose most well-known poem was "Night-Thoughts."  Although Night Thoughts is long and disconnected poem, it abounds in brilliant isolated passages and it found an enormous amount of success. It was eventually translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Welsh and Magyar. In France, in particular,  it became a classic of the romantic school. The poem is thought to be about the deaths of his daughter and son-in-law, and it deals with themes of morality, immortality and death. "Force of Religion", the other poem in this book is said to be about the execution of Lady Jane Grey and her husband (also known as the Nine Day Queen). Stereotyped: Allison & Foster 288 pp, Cloth covered board with gilt edges. Measures 3 1/2" x 2 1/4".. Cover shows moderate wear, particular to edges due to age and rubbing. Back strip has moderate to heavy wear. Minor foxing and soiling on interior pages.
Isabella Child The Child's Picture Bible. Durrie and Peck.New Haven, CT.1853
Price: $65.00

192 pp. Decorated cloth binding, with gilt edges. 48 woodcut engravings. Miniature book. The book starts off with a note from the author herself to the readers: "In this tiny book, my dear little friends will find a great many pictures drawn from the most interesting parts of the Old Testament. I intend to say a few words about each, to explain the meaning; but there is not much room, so I must be very short. I hope my young readers will want to learn more, and will gladly turn to their Bibles [so] that they may do so." The illustrations in this book are wood engravings, and with over 40 images there is nearly one every other page. While certainly simplicity images, mainly due to their relatively small size, they are charming renditions of some of the most dramatic scenes from the Old Testament. The image of the Tower of Babel, is stamped onto the cover. The last page of the book lists other "miniature juvenile" produced by the publisher.   Measures 3 1/8" x 2 3/4". Covers are soiled and show some cover wear. Additionally they are partially separate from text block. The back strip is damaged on the bottom edge. The interior pages show minor foxing and soiling due to age. There is an inscription done by a previous owner on the front interior cover.
A Lady of Cincinnati The Child's Bible. with plates. Fisher & Brother.Philadelphia.1834
Price: $75.00

192 pp, embossed cloth board covers. Miniature book. Stereotyper: Joseph A James  Written by a 'lady of Cincinnati', this item is a rendition of the bible simplified for a child audience. There are 27 beautifully detailed  black and white illustrations in the book. Inscribed on end paper front cover  and was given to a student by their teacher (Reward of Merit ?). There is a a lock of hair inserted in-between two pages (68 & 69). Measures 2" x 1 3/4". Covers are soiled and have a few stains. In particular there is one on the front cover. Covers are partially separated from the text block. Interior pages are toned and slightly soiled due to age. Missing last page (191-192)
S D Wyeth Sacred History, The Earliest Republic in the World. Fisher & Bros. Fisher & Denison .Philadelphia, Baltimore.1865
Price: $85.00

192pp. cloth stamped boards. Miniature book.  Jewish High Priest frontispiece.  The book starts with an introduction to parents and Sunday school teachers and it was designed to teach children lessons of religious, historical and political truth. There are a total of eight chapters, most of which span the stories from the Old Testament. Interspersed throughout the book are over a half dozen black and white illustrations. Measures 2 1/4" x 2".. Covers are slightly soiled, and faded due to age. Binding is damaged, the covers are partially detached from the text block. The interior titled page has a small hole in it.
The Book of the Nations, containing the descriptions of the Costumes and Customs of Foreign Countries. Clark, Austin, and Smith.New York.1855
Price: $100.00

191 pp. Decorated red cloth binding. Miniature book. A charming book that details the costumes and manors of different culture and time periods. While the book is not a scientific text book by any means, it attempts to be as thoroughly detailed as possible in its descriptions. The book is divided up into forty-five (45) categories, such as Russians and Spaniards. In some places it is divided up further into sub categories such as Persian Gentleman, and Persian Lady, or English Labourer (sp) of the Fifteenth Century and English Lady of the Fifteenth Century. Each section also comes with a picture of the people it's describing. With the frontispiece, there are a total of forty-six (46) wood cut engravings, black and white illustrations. There is one printer's mistake between the table of contents and the chapter titles. In the Contents, "English Gentleman of the Eighteenth Century", on pages 164 and 168 is repeated, while the actual chapter on page 168 is "English Lady  of the Eighteenth Century." Measures 3 1/4" x 2 3/4". Covers show minor wear, particularly edge wear, due to rubbing. There is  stain on the back cover. An inscription by a previous owner is on the front interior cover. Interior pages show minor foxing and soiling due to age.
Dr. John Gregory A Father's Legacy to His Daughters. C Wells.New York.c1840
Price: $125.00

189pp. 2 illustrations. . Leather with gilt floral design on covers and spine. Measures 2 1/4" x 1 1/2". Miniature book. John Gregory was an eighteenth-century Scottish physician, medical writer and moralist. When his wife died in 1761, he wrote "A Father's Legacy to His Daughters". It was meant as a way to honor his wife's memory and record her thoughts on female education so that their three daughters would still feel the influence of their mother in the lives. While it was originally never intended to be viewed by anyone outside the family, after Gregory's death, his son James published it in 1774. The text advises parents and women on religion, moral conduct, friendship and interactions with men, with a focus on marriage. Indeed nearly three-fourths of the book are on marriage. The last section is entitled "The Study of History Recommended to Ladies" and it is an excerpt from an essay written by David Hume original entitled "Of the Study of History". The book was widely considered a success, even though it also had it staunch critic. In the book, Gregory suggested a woman should "refrain from exposing any learning that they might have, as this would damage their ability to attract a husband." Mary Wollstonecraft, an English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights would later attack these principles in her own book, "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" published in 1792. She argued that Gregory's advice amounted to nothing more than deceit on the part of women and that women are not naturally inferior to men, but appear to be only because they lack education. . General wear. Free end papers lacking. There is a signature of a previous owner on an interior page. Pages are slightly soiled due to agePage 183-4 is was printed off margin, so part of the text is cut off.
Adomeit, Ruth My Favorite Story Book, with illustrations. Fisher & Bro, Fisher & Denison.Philadelphia, PA.c1850
Price: $125.00

192 pp. Cloth stamped boards.  Miniature book. Wood-cut drummer boy frontisepiece.  This book has several short stories along with over a half a dozen charming black and white illustrations to go along with. A list of the stories found within are as follows: Little Joseph the Child of the Sea, The Bishop and his Birds, Grace Greenwood The Power of a Word, The Christmas Sheaf, Even a Child May Do Something, A Safe House to Sleep In, A Pleasure for A Child, The Ragged Boy, The Bishop's Place of Prayer, The Bear, What the Ostrich Can Eat, A Word with a Beautiful Meanings, Keeping the Rain Off, A Incident at Fort Sumter, Artlessness, and Those Boys. The stories showcase good deeds and morals for children to learn. Measures 2 1/4" x 2".. Covers show some wear, mostly on the edges due to rubbing. The embossed covers have faded, and therefore it is hard to tell the design.
C Williams Child's Natural History of Birds. Loomis and Peck .Philadelphia.1847
Price: $125.00

191 pp. Decorated red cloth binding with gilt stamp of eagle. Gilt fore edge. Miniature book. There are forty -seven (47) different birds described in this book. The bird's size, characteristics, coloring, migratory habits, and habitats are detailed for the reader. Each section also comes with a picture of the birds it's describing. Therefore, including the frontispiece, there are a total of forty-eight (48) wood cut, black and white illustrations. The last page of the book lists other "miniature juvenile" produced by the publisher Measures 3 1/4" x 2 3/4".  . Moderate to heavy cover wear, particularly on the back strip. The interior pages show moderated toning and some foxing due to age.  The first two interior blank pages have inscriptions by previous owners, both in pen and pencil.
English-Danish-Norwegian, 1200 Words Liliput Dictionary. Leipzig, Schmidt & Gunther.Germany.c1930
Price: $135.00

1072 pp.cloth covers, red fore edge pages. 21 plates including frontispiece. Miniature book.  A 1200 word dictionary and phrase book that translates English to Danish to Norwegian. The last 100 pages or so act as a phrase book. Giving translates for numbers, common phrases (ex. How do you do? Or, my brother is ill), and even groups certain words together for ease of use (ex. words used at supper). At the end of the book, there are several pages that list the other language dictionaries printed by the company.  Measures 2" x 1 1/4". Minor cover & edge wear. The spine is broken in some places, but otherwise fine. The red fore edge is faded in some places.