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Autograph Album for Ella S. Knapp, Danbury Conn. 1878Connecticut1878-1884
Red cloth embossed Autograph album with signatures for the years 1878-1884. Inscribed "A Christmas Gift." Some pages contains a name and town while others have decorative writings as in  friendship album. Many pages have embossed die-cut Victorian scraps. Locations are primarily Danbury, CT but also list Marbledale (a village in Washington, CT), Middletown, Sherman, New Canaan, and New Milford, CT as well as Brooklyn  and Fergusonville New York. 4 3/4" x 7". wear on cover, some oxidation, scrap at beginning of book torn, missing page at beginning
 19th Century Autograph Album belong to William from Westerly, RI. ..1880-1898
An autograph album from the later 19th century with a beautiful and unique cover. On cloth boards, the front and back strip is embossed with scrolls and floral designs. It is silver stamped with accents of red and black. The pages are gilded edged and the title page of the album has a wonderfully colored butterfly and fan in pink, purple, and green, along with the text 'Autographs'. The album belonged to a boy named William, often referred to Willie, and the autographs within the album date from 1880 to 1898. The majority of the pages of the album are filled with only autographs, date and location. Most of them are from Westerly, RI, though there is a few from Chicago, IL. The later portion of the album also has some poetry (including an acrostic poem) and a few illustrations. Some of the more interesting notes are quoted below: "Remember, I say when you look on these pages, That writing in albums is like working for wages." "Live so you will not be afraid to die." "Watch your thoughts and words and deeds; If you would reap a good harvest, sow good seeds. Little by little the coral insect builds up a reef; Little by little, in God's Book, we fill a leaf. In noble name and happy heart, may you excel; Eternally in the "New Jerusalem" may you dwell." "I am not old enough to write my name in your book, Uncle Willie, I get my Mother to." And on the last page of the album: "Last in your album, Last in your thought, Last to be remembered, First to be forgot." There are three illustrations in the album. One of the illustrations is a bird in flight carrying the name card of the artist. It was done in ink. Another is again the name card of the artist, but with a tree branch behind it, in ink. The last is one is painted in green, red and pink. It shows several small flowers in various stages of bloom. Measures 6 1/4" x 4". To view this album, please click on the following link: The covers show some minor edge wear due to rubbing, mainly on the corners and the back strip. The color of the embossing has also been worn off in some places. One of the interior pages has tape repair. Minor soiling due to age. Text block is semi detached from boards.
Bruxelles Friendship Album and Sketch Book, 1887-1916
Embossed color cloth cover,hand drawn original artwork cut and glued onto pages, some with  verses and signatures.A few pages say "to Flo", dates range from 1887-1916. Detailed and beautiful artwork; pencil sketches, pen and ink, watercolors, and paints, create a unique album. Verses included on some pages, credit to original authors. Some artwork is signed or initialed. Locations are not listed. 7 3/4" x 5". wear on cover, spine broken, some pages loose; one leaf separated from spine foxing and staining from rust  from stapled binding
 Autograph Album, Maine and New Hampshire, 1887 and 1888. ..
Red cloth embossed velvet cover, three (3) line drawn sketches of birds, specific towns  listed are East Rochester, NH; West Sebano, ME; West Lebanon, ME; Lebanon, ME; Milton Mills, NH. Simple verse and messages with author's name, location, and date. 5" x 7 3/4" . velvet cover worn
 Edith Beatty's "Aldine Autograph Album with Decorated Spaces and Lines for Sentiment and Name", Conshohocken, PA, 1880-1898. ..1878
Stamped cloth cover, decorative pages. The friendship album of Edith Beatty, most pages signed Conshohocken, PA. Two pages mention the Class of '95. Many simple pages with brief verse or reference to schoolmates. One longer dedication at the front and the back. Class of '95 chant included, "Wee! Wee! Wee!' Wow! Wow! Wow! Conshohocken High School Bow! Wow! Wow!" 8 1/4" x 7". end papers reinforced, appear to be previously detached.
Autograph Album of Miss Lena Spray. .New York.1870 - 1901
A partially filled autograph album from the late 19th century, with the bulk of the autographs dating to the 1870s. Hidden among the autographs are a few gems. There is one expertly rendered water color depicting flowers. Additionally there is one embossed die cut Victorian scrap pasted to a page. Lastly there is s a pressed flower pinned to a page beside a poem. Leather embossed stamped covers with gilded lettering. The interior pages are gilt-edged, and the title page is a graphic design in gold and blue with the text 'Autographs'. Some of the autographs within the album are faint, as they were done in pencil. Most are in ink though. Measures 7 1/2" x 5". To view the album please click on the following link: Detached front cover, and semi detached back cover. Taper repair to binding. Partially missing and detached back strip. Covers show wear due to rubbing.
Matlida J Peterson's19th Century Autograph Friendship Album
Matilda J Peterson was born in 1866 in Ligonier, Pennsylvania and died in1958 (according to a note at the back of the album). This album was given to her by W. A. Peterson for Christmas in 1881. The album is partially filled with short notes, generally in verse and two different versions of an ink drawing of a bird on ferns. At the beginning of the album, Matilda or Tillie as she is called, addresses her friends: "My album is a golden spot Where all my friends may sow, Where thorns and thistles flourish not, But flowers alone may grow. With smiles for sunshine, tears for showers, I'll water, watch and guard these flowers." Between 1882 and 1887. Tillie’s friends wrote in this album, the majority of which were her classmates at Ligonier High School. Below are for examples: "All going to Brother McKinley’s church, and you to stay at home and get dinner." “Remember a ‘Miss’ is as good as mile, when asked to be ‘Mrs’, Consider a while.” “Love and ware are two great compeers, War sheds blood and love sheds tears; War has spears and love has darts, Ware breaks heads and love breaks hearts." “Our school days will soon be o'er, The day is drawing nigh, When we shall part as before, Perhaps not to meet till on high. But, may we meet in a school room, That is grander far than this, And be much happiness in that room, For the hard lessons we learned in this.” The album itself is brown cloth over boards with stamped decorations. The front cover has two horses, gilded flowers (gold has mostly faded) and green painted basket weave in the top right corner. The back cover has a stamped bow made from ribbons and tassels. It appears as though Matilda hand colored in the titled page of the album, which simply states “Autographs” with a gold ink. Measures 7” x 4 1/4"
Matilda S. Bedell Album of Gems, a Friendship Album of Matilda S. Bedell, Coxsacki, New York.    . .Coxsacki, NY.c 1850-1861
A friendship album, entitled 'Album of Gems' which belonged to Matilda S. Bedell of Coxsacki, NY. The bulk of the entries in the album date from 1850-1852, and one of the first entries is by Matilda's husband, William. This date is done in pencil, while the entry is in ink, so it is possible it is wrong. Also featured within the album, is a dedication page, probably written by Matilda herself, but written from the perspective of the album itself, as though it was a living entity. The Bedell's were Quakers, and therefore most of the entries start with 'Sister Matilda', even though the authors are (mostly) not biologically related to Matilda. Below are excerpts from a few of the entries: "My dear friend, as you have had the curiosity to open one, I trust for any owners sake, that you will turn over my leaves carefully and see what I have gathered. I commenced my rambles on the fourth day of July, eighteen hundred and fifty, and as my Mistress was desirous I should not stray from the friendly circle, or at least that I should not go where I should be in danger of bad usage. I spent some time in a parlor, before I fully determined what course to take." - Dedication Page, July 4, 1850 "To my wife: And thee would have me dedicate a line, a sentiment to thee upon this page unsullied is not our secret thoughts , our inmost [sic] souls already mingled into one?" - William, Matilda's husband "Matilda at some lone hour when twilight sheds her mellow tints around, and fancy farms scenes expatiates, Oh! then remember a sister whose good wishes will ever attend thee,  and hope love's roscate [red/red-haired] shadow's may ever mask thy pathway on to joys untold." - Sarah L. Gates, Rochester, 1850 Red gilt, blind stamped cover. Interior pages are various different colors and are gilt edge. Approximately half filled. Owner's name has been inscribed on front end papers, however it is extremely faded. Measures 8" x 6 1/2" To view the item, please click on the following link: Matilda S. Bedell was born on February 23, 1829 to Jeremiah Bedell (1777-1850) and Ruth Case (1782-1843) in New Baltimore, NY. She married William Bedell (1813-1861) and had three children: Emma Bedell Conrow (1853-1930), Matilda "Lillie" Bedell Comfort (1855-?) and Ellen Bedell Homer (1857-1939). After William's death in May 1861, she remarried Joel W. Andrews (1810-1898) and had one more child, Mary Andrews Crankshaw (1867-1898). Matilda died on April 11, 1906.
Pencil Sketches by Sophia Long Deani.  c1860s
A 6 1/2" x 8 1/4" sketchbook with marbled paper wraps. Naive drawings including love birds in a basket, a church yard, a basket of fruit with a bird(in the style of a theorem), an ancient castle, a fortress on a river and more.
 Album of Remembrance -  Mrs. Loretta Mitchell, 1863-1886. Leavitt and Allen.New York (publisher location).1861-1886
Friendship album of Loretta Mitchell. The first page of the album has an inscription and poem written by Loretta herself. The rest of the album includes short notes from her family and friends, including her husband, Frederick, and her two daughters, Lottie and Lilly. The entries in the journal date from 1861-1886, and when locations are noted, they are primarily Chicago but also mention Niles, Michigan. Penciled in front of book is " L.W. Mitchell 493 Wells St Chicago Ill."  There are four black and white engraved plates featuring women throughout, this includes the engraving on the album's title page. Below are some short excerpts from the album: "No jeweled beauty is my wife, Yet in her earnest face There's such a world of tenderness She needs no other peace. Her smiles and voice around my life IN light and music tune And dear, oh very dear to me, Is this young wife of mine." - Excerpt of poem written by Loretta's husband, Frederick "Friendship is a name, which is few confined, The offspring of pure and noble mind. Rarely we find those who in truth poses This brilliant gem of earthly happiness." - Excerpt from an entry by James Albrines, her nephew Blind stamp cover with gilt embellishment titles "Album of Remembrance". Interior pages are gilt edged. Measures 8" x 6 1/2".. Loretta Wood Mitchell was born on August 18, 1834 in New York City to Jamie Forsher and an unnamed woman. She married Frederick Mitchell (1832-1911) and together they had three children: Charles Irving Mitchell (1857-1939), Lottie Mitchell Wait (1861-?), and Lilly Mitchell (1865-?).
A Sewing Sample Book Belonging to Marion Taylor
sewing, composition notebook, education, Hawthorne avenue school, made by hand, educational

An 1889 sewing sample book belong to a Marion Taylor of Newark, NJ. It includes both the actual hand-stitched works and a narrative on the individual steps for a variety of sewing techniques entitled: Hemmed Patching, Flannel Patch, Gathering, Securing Gathering to Band, French Corset Cover, Felled Patch, Material Needed, Hem Stitching, and Darned Patch. Additionally, there are six (6) fabric samples depicting the techniques described, though two of the fabric samples have no descriptive information with them. On the front cover is states "Board of Education, Newark, N.J., Sewing.", with a place for the name of the student, Marion Taylor, and school they attended, Hawthorne Ave, 1889, to be filled in. A Hawthorne Avenue School in Newark, NJ did exist, but it was erected in 1898 as a three story building, and is still in existence today. It is unclear if the school existed on the street in a separate building prior to then, or this book is from a different school all together. Completely filled (not including pages that have been cut out). Measures 8 1/4" x 6 3/4".

General wear. Offset from fabric samples. Pages have been cut out (most likely by original owner). Water stain on cover and first few pages. Penciling on one page. A number of pages have been cut out of this journal, it is unclear if those pages contained penmanship mistakes or they were removed for an other reason. The content appears complete.

Jennie Album of Friendship, Friendship Album of Jennie, New Jersey.    . .Rahway, NJ. 1874
A friendship album, aptly titled "Album of Friendship", belonging to a woman by the name of Jennie. Her last name is never mentioned. The album is mostly blank, but the entries date from 1874, and when a location is noted, it is Rahway, NJ. One of the entries of note is a poem about "six sisters fair". The title of the poem are the six names: Dora, Jennie, Lillie, Eva, Pauline, and Gertie. The six names surround another word, "Freddie", and within the poem is the line "I have seen six sisters fair, Oh, that I were but a Freddie, In such sisterly love to share." Based on this line, it is possible that Jennie's last name is Frederick, but that is a hypothesis. Another unique entry is a short rebus, which is not deciphered. Please see the photographs. Below are a few excerpts from the entries:
"Jennie, on they album's page
Yet hath fallen no darkening [sic] stain
Type of thine own guileless age,
May that guileless age remain!"

- Juus Amicus [Jus Amicus is Latin for 'The Right Friend'], January, 1st, 1874. The poem is originally by Re. J. H. Clinch, and is from a 1842 Ladies Companion
"This is the second rhyme today, Both very poor in there way:
The sooner I stop, the better it will be
For your autographical company"

- S. R. Ryno, Rahway, NJ, July 22, 1874

Blue gilt blind stamped cover. Frontispiece, 3 plates. Gilt edge pages. Measures 8 1/4" x 7"
Friendship Album, New York 1893-1904. ..
A quaint friendship album with a unique cover: a wooden front cov erand a red velvet back cover. The album contains signatures mostly from Catskill, New York in 1893, with others from Eminence, NY. The center pages are signed H.H.S. 1904, which most liklely stands for Hobart High School. The first page is signed Miss Cora Huyck and three pages toward the end of album are addressed to "Cora". While most of the pages are simply signed with a date and location noted, several have verses or short notes on them. Two pages are of note, as they contain whimsical color drawings. One depicts a sailboat on a lake, and the other a calligraphy bird surrounded by flora. Color flourishes. 4 1/2" x 6 1/4". The velvet back cover shows slight wear, particular along the edge, otherwise in great condition.
Friendship Album of Louisa Stott, North Billerica, Mass. 1878-1883. ..
This friendship album has a leather cover with gilded letter and design accents on top cover and spine,and a stamped edged border. The majority of the gilded edge pages are filled with signatures and verses. Additionally there is a whimsical calligraphy color line drawing, done in pen, of a bird surrounded by flora. The verses and quotes are uplifting, such as: "The world is what we make, and if we improve ourselves, we improve the world." The entries are mainly from towns in Massachusetts such as Lowell, Chelmsford, North Billerica, Stoneham, and Lawrence. Other locations include New Hampshire, Maine, one from England, and two from Aberdeen Dakota (before it became North and South). A grouping signed "Com. College". The bulk of the signatures are from 1878. . There is slight rubbing on cover edges. The leather is discolored slighting, and the cover is slightly bowed. There a stain on the interior covers from the glue as it deteriorated. Otherwise in great condition.
 Scrap Album for Selina Lawrence, 1873-1875, possibly England. ..
Stamped leather cover with decorative edges and "Scrap Album" on cover. Front end paper has an ex-libris Prize award for Miss S. Lawrence for Improvement in Drawing dated July 25, 1873. The first page has  the name Selina and 1873 created with drawn flowers.  The next is an acrostic poem by Charles Steele or Sheele. The rest of the book contains drawings and sketches by various people. All are dated 1873 or 1875 except one unfinished sketch dated 1897. There is one photograph of a house by a hill. Most pages are unused. An envelope addressed to Miss Selina Leonard Clifton Bristol is tucked in the back. It contains a photograph of a young man dated October 1873 . The postmark is stamped Sheffield. 9 1/2" x 7 1/2". cover wear, back strip detaching, foxing
Personal Writings and Sketch Book of Adelaide Beebe, Lowell School of Design, M.I.T. 1890s.
A book titled Design that begins with a few sketches of elements of design.  This is followed by some factual writings on specialty fabric and design houses in the northeast, followed by numerous poetry verses and quotes from notable authors and poet.  The book concludes with ten (10) fine samples of pen and ink and watercolor design samples most likely for silk fabric.  Blind stamp Lowell School of Design, Mass. Institute of Technology.  Adelaide Beebe graduated from the Lowell School of Design in 1897.    Several blank pages, a few pages appear to have been removed.
Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps Autograph and Drawing Album, c1915-1918 (W.A.A.C.). ..
A astonishing friendship album filled with quotes, verses, and drawings belonging to Amelia Isabel Mackenzie, a member of the W.A.A.C. The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (1917–1918), which later became known as Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps (1918–1920) was the women's unit of the British Army during and immediately after the First World War. It was formally instituted on 7 July, 1917 and between January 1917 and November 1918.  over 57,000 women served in the unit. The corps was disbanded in September 1921 and unfortunately most of the service records of the corps were destroyed during a German air raid in September 1940.   The front cover of the album is stamped with the flags of Russia, France, Britain, and Belgium. Entries consist of drawings and sketches as well as verses. The first page is a hand drawn British flag and the inscription "12th Dec 1917, Q.M.A.A.C. April 1918". An example of a verse is: "Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, and departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time" Among the verses are several drawings. For example a wonderful water color of a sunset in Gourock, Scotland,  and a whimsical drawing of a kitten playing with a glove. One page has a unique listing of names written from a central point and a sprig of flowers pressed in. Dates of the signatures range 1915-1918. 5 1/2" x 7". Covers show heavy wear, and are partially detached. Pages are still bound, but are  coming loose. The pages themselves are slightly soiled, but otherwise fine.
Ida E. Williams Hoff Album, A Friendship Album Belonging to Ida Williams. .Candor, NY.1876-1880
A friendship album belonging to Ida E. Williams of Candor, NY. The album entries comprise of her friends and family members from Candor, NY, and surrounding towns between 1876-1880. The entries are, generally speaking, short quotes, either from poetry or plays. Of note in the album is a wonderful, multifaceted black and white ink drawing done by Rudolph C. Oakley, attorney at law, in Candor, NY in the Spring of 1880. There is a large silhouette of a young child smoking a pipe and four smaller drawings surrounding it in circles: the first is of two couples walking in the woods, the second is of two cats meeting on a wall at night, the third is a couple bent over in a garden coughing, and lastly, a little bird singing on a tree branch. The album itself has seven (7) pages with colored decorative borders, often in a floral or nature theme. Additionally, the album has four (4) double sided pages of blank sheet music. The covers are brown leather with gilt stamped decorative borders as well as a gilt "Album" at the center. Interior pages are gilt edge. Approximately one third filled. Measures 8 1/2" x 7". Below are some of the album's entries. "With wealth thou art blest and beauty is thine And with your mind to you Providence has been kind Wealth may take wings, beauty must fade, and soon disappear, But in Eternity the wealth and beauty of your mind a crown shall wear." - (Maternal) Uncle Epenetus Howe, Candor, NY, July 24, 1876 "Back on the golden hinges The gates of memory swings And my heart goes into this garden And walks with the older things The old times joys and pleasure, the loves that it used to know it meets there in the garden, and they wander to and fro." - Waca June 19, 1876, Ella H.. J., Excerpt from poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox entitled "Memory's Garden" "The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together; our virtue would be proud, if our faults whipped them not; and our crimes would despair, if they were not cherished by out virtue." - Gertrude S. Ward, Candor, NY, May 4th, 1877, Excerpt from Shakespeare's "All's Well That Ends Well" To view the album, please click on the following link: Ida was born on July 1853 in Newark, NJ to Enoch Slosson Williams Jr. (1832-1912) and Martha L. Legg (1835-1890). She one brother, Frank J. Williams (1855=1856) and one half sister Ellie K. Williams, (1898-?). She married Lewis R. Hoff Jr. (1855-?) on August 7, 1878. She died on September 17, 1880.
Annotated Sketch book for works done by Charles William Bauhan, Landscape Artist, October 1924-July 1925.
Includes eighteen (18) original works.  Most dated and several identified.   Thirteen (13) are watercolors of landscapes, gardens and exteriors of homes including Twin Doors (NJ) and the home of Professor Stone of Cornell U, built in 1751 and located in Canaan, CT.  There are also floor plans for the first and second floors of the Canaan CT home.  Also includes landscapes of Eagle Rock and Belville, NJ.  One sketch depicts phases of an eclipse as it occurred.  Also found are notes on mileage and travel time, a bit of poetry and some annotations on the content of the drawings.  It is marked Book 30, believed to be one of a series of workbooks.
 Friendship Album for Mabel Cavalier with sentiments and 22 plus full page drawings, watercolors and novelties. .Forest Gate, London.1930
Hard cover album with unnumbered pages with numerous sentiments and verses written in 1930.   Additionally watercolors that include a woman skier, an interpretation of a worker in Hong Kong, a Harlequin holding a clown, a finely executed scene from nature, a fishing boat, a sports girl and much more.    Measures 6 3/4" x 8".. wear on cover
Album of 17 Original Watercolors Done in the Same Hand. The subject: Things Floral, The Alphabet of Angela - Language of Flowers c1870s-80s.  1870s
Somewhat naive yet elegant watercolors, all with a floral or nature theme. Each is captioned in pencil. The first is captioned Preparing for Winter showing a young girl gathering sticks. There are single floral specimens, garlands and mixtures of both. Includes flowers as Inidan Azilie, Persian Tulip and Pomegranate. A bouquet in a vase is captioned The Alphabet of Angela. Of additional note are two Flower People translations from the Language of Flowers. The first is Rose and Beauty and the second is Elgantine  Poetry. Measures 8" x 6"..
 Journal of Flowers and Poetry, Reinterpretations of Old Tales. ..c1880
68 pg. journal filled with poetry and watercolors of flora. There are a total of 25 poems in the journal, as some cover multiple pages, however this is a watercolor piece on every page depicting various flowers. At times one can see the pencil the artist used to sketch the flowers before using paint. The poems are reinterpretations of old stories, for example "What the Old Man Does is Always Right" by Hans Christian Anderson. On the front inside cover, it album has been self -titled, "Monty, Getty, with the Author's Love." The artist has number each page themselves and created an index at the back of the book listing each poem and its corresponding page. Some of the poems included are "The Tame Seagull", "The End of Two Black Beetles", and "The Story of a Greedy Crow". 9" x 7 1/2".
Friendship Album: Sketches, Watercolors, and Poetry, 1915-1916. .United Kingdom.
A friendship album from the United Kingdom full of quotes, poetry, and twenty-two (22) original artwork pieces, from 1915-1916. The covers are leather with the word 'Album' gilded onto the front cover.  The pages are gilded-edge as well. Some notably poetry in the album is the "Hey, diddle, diddle," poem by Mother Goose, and an original poem entitled "The Taxi". Below is a line from that poem: "Hark the Taxi's at the door- Tick! Tick! Tick! Every tick a little more- Tick! Tick! Tick!" The art work in the album showcases a wide variety of skill levels, and mediums, such as ink, pencil, color pencils, and watercolors. Of note is an ink drawing of a Colonel, a watercolor of a Swedish maiden in clogs on the waterfront, an ink drawing with a poem about a little naughty bear, an watercolor and pencil drawing of "A Song for Five Fingers", a watercolor of a fairy at play, a watercolor of "Little Black Sambo", and a beautiful abstract watercolor of ballerina with a colorful tutu, Also Included is even a needle and thread with the line "A stitch in time, saves nine." Measures 8 1/2" x 7 1/4". To view this album, please click on the following link: Covers show minor wear due to age and rubbing. Bind is loose, with a few pages semi-detached. There is edge wear on the bottom of the backstrip, and the top is missing a portion. That missing section continues onto the back cover.
Hand Made Birthday Album - A Tribute to Our Grandmother on her Eightieth Birthday, January 12, 1886.  from her ever affectionate Grandchildren.
Velvet covered album with handmade works demonstrating penmanship, stitchery, watercolor and pencil drawing, etc.  Each created by a different child.  Includes an Acrostic Prayer surrounded by a watercolor of the Holy Bible, Three (3) pen and ink drawings of a sail boat, a pier, a sack of flour, Charcoal of harbor scene, Three (3) watercolors of birds, nests, foliage and flower, sAn embroidered horseshoe on silk.  Measures 5" x 8".  String tie has been replaced.  Otherwise fine.
3 Autograph Albums - Campmeetings. .Oak Bluff.1874-1883
These three albums are being offered as a collection. Two of these albums are near complete, while the album with the latest dates is sparse, with only 25 of the 100 or so pages used. One album has a board cover in brown cloth, with "Autographs" gilt stamped on the cover and spine. The other two albums have leather board covers, with "Autographs" stamped in gilt, and additional gilt decorations on the cover and spine.   One of the albums was owned by Edward Roth, who spent the majority of his life practicing medicine in and around Martha's Vineyard. The majority of the autographs in this album date from 1883 when he departed to San Francisco and he is wished well on his travels across the continent. He practiced for several years in San Francisco before returning to New England, first to Yale, and then Martha's Vineyard. Along with the autographs there are several newspaper clippings for important family events, such as his marriage to Miss E. L. Beetle and the first birthday party of his son Edward Roth Jr. There are also 3 hand drawn illustrations as well. Along with the notes regarding the death of the signers, there are also a few denoting whether or not they were since married . Two of the albums are 6 1/2" x 3 1/2"; the third is 7" x 4 1/2". Includes signatures from a wide variety of people, including signatures from local authors such as SC Wheeler, the Roth family, and crew members of the USRC Samuel Dexter, a ship famous for it's role in the rescue of the SS City of Columbus in 1884.  . The first so-called campmeeting in what became known as Wesleyan Grove was held in 1835. In subsequent years the congregations grew enormously, and many of the thousands in attendance were housed in large tents known as "society tents." A congregation from a church on the mainland would maintain its own society tent. Conditions were cramped, with men and women sleeping dormitory-style on opposite sides of a central canvas divider. All with cover wear; loose or partially detached covers.  Some soiling from handling.
 The Token Album, A Friendship Album of Addie A Allen, 1858-1864,  Connecticut  "Opened to friendship-- But not to flattery". John C. Riker.New York.c1860
A friendship album of Addie A. Allen who most likely lived in Connecticut as many of the entries note Connecticut towns in the closing.  The album itself dates from 1858-1864, with the bulk of the entries dated between 1858-1860. The majority of the material from 1862-1864 are after the fact notes added to the journal, presumably by Addie, when one of her classmates died. There are entries from 40 different individuals, predominantly female.  While many of then entries under a page, several are lengthy entries, almost taking the forms of letters as the author's reminisce over their friendship with Addie and wish her well in her future endeavors. Along side the entries are three dried and pressed plants specimens, which are labeled: moss and a flower from California, and a fern from India. Additionally there is a piece of red silk sewn into the journal and is labeled as a piece of the battle flag of the 2nd Connecticut Artillery. The last item of note within the album is a lock of hair from Joseph R. Toy who volunteered for the Union Army during the Civil War, but died of typhoid and malaria at a hospital near New Orleans, LA in 1861. He wrote what appears to be an original poem in the album. An excerpt of that poem as well as several other entries is provided below. "So here where love and friendship, place The offering which the heart holds dear, I turn; my humble name to trace, And pay my willing tribute here.- Henceforth let fortune frown, or smile, Let skies be clear or clouds attend, My soul shall not rest unmoved the while Content that thou has called me friend." - Joseph R. Toy, Simsbury, CT, June 9th, 1860 "Addie dear, if in after years we should be forced to speak the parting word, let us not forget the days that have flown and if not permitted to meet again on this earth may we meet in Heaven when there is no more parting." - Ellen Kimball, Avon CT May 20, 1858 "What shall I wish you more than has been wished, for should all the good wishes herein expelled ever be realized, your years would out number the sand upon the sea-shore. Friends would ever be around you, your life would be one of undisturbed joy- no sorrow could ever come near. But Addie this cannot always be. Death will come. Friends may desert, then have your heats affection so fired upon heavenly things, that when the hour of trail comes as come it must, you shall not falter. And when you stand upon the bank of that river, which all must one day cross, may you fearlessly plunge beneath its dark waves, knowing you have a friend in Heaven." - Fannie Albert, her teacher, Avon, CT, February 28, 1859 Finally there is a single unattached manuscript page titled "in my own Album" a verse copied from "Rosamund Gray by Charles Lamb, 1798. Brown stamped leather covers. The decorative stamping on the covers forms a border. The stamped image on both the front and back covers is gilded, and is the same image of bird with foliage in the background. The front cover has the words 'The Token Album', which are gilded as well. The pages are gilt edge, and while the majority of the interior pages are white, there are a few colored pages. Additionally there are 6 black and white engravings placed throughout the notebook. The album is mostly filled out. Measures 7 3/4" x 6". This album was written predominantly before the Civil War, however the war crept in, in the form of her notes on the deaths of three (3) men while serving in the war Toy 1861 - New Orleans Henry 1863 - Alexandria Hospital Eugene V. F. - died at 24 (1864) and the flag remnant from the 2nd Connecticut Artillery.
 Album with Original Art and Hand Colored Lithography, musings and verse. .England. c 1830-1850s
An artist's scrap book filled with over fifty (50) pieces of original art work and hand colored lithography and other pieces.  What makes this scrap book a unique find, is the consistent fine quality of the work within. Some of the hand-colored lithography is so expertly done that it becomes hard to tell whether or not it is a lithographic print. Pieces of note are: the portrait of a young girl with ringlets, and another portrait of a man in a turban. Some beautiful landscapes of farmland (rendered in pencil), an old stone bridge (watercolor), a boldly colored butterfly  (color pencil) and bird (ink & color pencil), and  'A Pas de Deux' of crabs (ink).   Additionally includes a pith watch paper with a thistle. A finely detailed tropical bird on a rose stem with nearby butterfly adorned with dried flora. Along with artwork there are several original pieces of music and poetry. There are two pieces of music, a ballad and a round, along with their music score. The poems are both original pieces, and quotes from other notable poets of the day. Once such quote, written in beautiful calligraphy, is from the poem entitled "Woman" by Eaton Stannard Barrett. "Would Woman govern tyrants? she concedes In slight concerns, and hence in weight, leads. Opposes first, to make surrender prized, And while she gives advice, appears advised" Gilt and blind stamp leather. The pages are  gilt-edged. The majority of the book has tipped in art work that has been secured to the page by glue and/or thread. Furthermore the majority of the lithographic prints within have been hand colored, but not all. Most of the artwork is unsigned, however when it is, the initials are general the same three names, E.B., E.T., and A.C. Wigan. There is reference to the Armstrong famil as well. A letter is included with the note "To my sister Daisy Armstrong, from my mother Mrs. Armstrong".  The bulk of the material in the album dates from the 1930s. Measures 9 1/4" x 7 1/4". To view this album, please click on the following link: Covers show some wear, and the back strip and edges are slightly damaged due to rubbing. The binding is partiallyA few interior pages are loose and/or detached. There is some glue residue on the interior pages as well, due to the original owner pasting in prints, but nothing that affects any of the artwork.
M Varney Sketch Book and Friendship Album Madgie Varney w "First Washing Day. .England.1908-1947
A humorous sketch book and friendship album owned by Madgie Varney, given to her by Bob (Robert) Varney in 1908. The album has over 65 original art work, with 3 photographs, and two music scores. Approximately 10 pieces are done either by Madgie or R M Varney. The majority of the pieces are humorous in tone, for example a drawing of two large leaves hanging on a clothes line with the caption, "First Washing Day". Some of the artwork has been pasted in, while others were drawn directly on the page. A variety of mediums were used, such as pencil, ink, and watercolor.  The majority of the pieces were drawn between 1908-1910s, however there are some as late as the 1940s. There are two images from the Disney film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Measures 8 1/4" x 6 1/4" To view this album, please click on the following link: Cover and edge wear due to rubbingSome soiling due to use and transfer from pencils.