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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.
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.
Home Kindness; A Picture Gift Book for the Children. McLoughlin Bros..New York.c1870
Price: $85.00

Unpaginated. Illustrated Wrap. 6 full page lithograph illustrations. Verses include Unwilling Pussy, Lucy and Dash, Be Kind to They Father, Be Kind to Thy Mother, Be Kind to Thy Sister and finally Be Kind to Thy Brother.  McLoughlin advertising back cover. Measures 9 1/2" x 10 3/4".. Cover wear with edge chips and light staining.