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Robert Louis Stevenson A Child's Garden of Verse. M A Donohue & Co.Chicago, IL.1916
Robert Louis Stevenson A Child's Garden of Verse. M A Donohue & Co.Chicago, IL.1916
Price: $20.00

302 pp. Cloth cover with a stamped black and red illustrations of a flowering plant. Heavily illustrated and decorated by Myrtle Sheldon. The book is a collection of poems evoking the world and feelings of childhood, each paired with an illustration. Measures 7 1/2" x 6" . Covers show minor edge wear. Binding is cracked, and some interior pages are loose. Front interior cover is signed by a previous owner.
Vase of Flowers. G W Cottrell.Boston.1851
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.
 Little Folks Series, Little BoPeep. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1870
Little Folks Series, Little BoPeep. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1870
Price: $45.00

14 pp (including wrappers), yellow covers with printed litho illustrations. The design on the cover only uses two colors, red and green, while the interior pages' illustrations are in full color. The book tells an elaboration of the classic nursery rhyme "Little BoPeep". There is a total of six full page color illustrations. Measures 7 1/4" x 5 1/2". Cover show edge wear. Tape repair on spine. Binding is loose bit intact. General soiling and toning due to age.
 House that Jack Built, Mark's Edition. John Lewis Marks.London.1848
House that Jack Built, Mark's Edition. John Lewis Marks.London.1848
Price: $50.00

8 pp (including wrappers). The book features a poem loosely based on the nursery rhyme the House that Jack built. Illustrations are hand painted. The back cover has a list of other books sold by Marks. Date is inferred from previous owner's inscription. Measures 7" x 4 1/2". . Sewing repair on binding and for a 2" in tear on front cover. Inscription by previous owner. Minor foxing.
Aunt Louisa's Big Picture Series: Cock Robin. McLoughin Brothers.New York.c1870
Aunt Louisa's Big Picture Series: Cock Robin. McLoughin Brothers.New York.c1870
Price: $55.00

24 pp (including wrappers). There are six full page color illustrations. The book tells the story of how the cock robin died, and the funeral the rest of the woodland creatures gave him. The story is told in verse. The illustrations are beautifully done, utilizing a solid black background to emphasize the colors in the foreground of the illustrations. Measures 10 1/2" x 9". Some edge wear, and missing surface litho. Front cover missing some small pieces of the corner. Sewing repair on spine. General soiling and toning due to age. One interior page has a tear, approximately 3 inches long, but it does not impact the text on the page.
Edward Young, D. D. The Complaint; or Night Thoughts, and the Force of Religion. Oliver L Sanborn.Portland.1839
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.
Uncle Ned's Picture Books: Ditties for Little Children. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1870
Uncle Ned's Picture Books: Ditties for Little Children. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1870
Price: $65.00

20 pp (including wrappers), blue cover with printed litho design depicting one of the stories found within, 'The Pet Hen.' Other stories included in this book are: 'The Star', 'The Cow', 'Dolly's Tea Party', 'The Little Girl Who Was Unkind to her Sister', 'Mary's Little Lamb', 'Robin Redbreast' and 'The selfish child.' Stories are written in verse. There are four full page color illustrations. A part of the 'Uncle Ned's Pictures Book' series. Measures 10 1/4" x 6 3/4". Some edge wear, particularly on the front cover's bottom left hand corner. There a stain on the front cover on the top left hand corner. Previous owner inscription on first page.
 Mother Hubbard and her Dog, Marcus Ward's Royal Illuminated Nursery Rhymes. William P Nimmo.Edinburgh, Scotland.1873
Mother Hubbard and her Dog, Marcus Ward's Royal Illuminated Nursery Rhymes. William P Nimmo.Edinburgh, Scotland.1873
Price: $65.00

6 leaves (2 unnumbered text leaves, 4 unnumbered leaves of plates of color illustrations). Tells the classic poem of "Mother Hubbard and her Dog". One interior front and back cover is printed music for the poem. The four leaves of color illustrations are illuminated and each showcases a different verse of the poem. The images are captioned with phrases like "Ye Dame Bryngeth Hys Coffyn[sic]" and "Ye Doggie Readeth Ye News[sic]". Measures 7 3/" x 5 1/2". . Edge wear and toning due to age. Sewing repair to binding.  Inscription by previous owner. Back interior cover page has partially separated from the wrapper.
Dame Wonder's Series: The Little Drummer. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1855
Dame Wonder's Series: The Little Drummer. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1855
Price: $65.00

12 pp (including wrappers) Tells the story, in verse, of a young boy who longs to be a soldier. Joining the army he first becomes a drummer boy, and after proving himself through his courage, he eventually became a sergeant.  Below is a brief excerpt from the book: When mounting up the deadly breach, Fire pouring from each gun; Threatening wounds and death to each, I urged them on by beat of drum. There are hand colored woodcut engravings on each page. A part of the Dame Wonder's Series. Measures 7 1/2" x 4 1/2".  OCLC 1 (Feb. 2018). Moderate to heavy cover wear, there is a small piece of the front cover missing along edge. Sewing repair to binding. Minor penciling. Soiling and toning due to age.
Home Kindness; A Picture Gift Book for the Children. McLoughlin Bros..New York.c1870
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.
Warne's Large Picture Toy Books: Old Mother Hubbard. Frederick Warne and Co.London.c1870
Warne's Large Picture Toy Books: Old Mother Hubbard. Frederick Warne and Co.London.c1870
Price: $85.00

18 pp (including wrappers), blue covers with printed blue and red illustration of a dog holding a bouquet.  Tells the classic story of 'Old Mother Hubbard and her Dog". The book is printed on paper pasted over linen. Measures 9 1/2" x 7 1/4" . The bottom left corner of the front cover has started to detach from the linen.
Uncle Frank's Series: Grandma's Tales. McLoughin Brothers.New York.c1870
Uncle Frank's Series: Grandma's Tales. McLoughin Brothers.New York.c1870
Price: $85.00

12 pp (including wrappers) The front cover depicts a main with a young boy and girl on his lap reading a book. Tells several short stories and nursery rhymes, in verse. Each story also has a corresponding illustration. These illustrations are hand colored. A part of the Uncle Frank's Series. Measures 5 3/4" x 4 1/2" . Sewing repair to binding, covers semidetached.  Moderate edge wear, and minor toning due to age.
 Valentine to Alfred W Parker, Engineer on the Boston Subway. .Boston.February 14th 1897
Valentine to Alfred W Parker, Engineer on the Boston Subway. .Boston.February 14th 1897
Price: $85.00

A short poem written on Valentine's Day in 1897. The poem is meant to to be read at the cadence of the Song of Hiawatha written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. "Pale face known as Alfred Parker, Dweller with Lane called Worcester (Lane it was, but now a river)" Concluding "For the Sub-Way he hath builded Underneath the Lane called Worcester" Alfred W Parker (1845? -1917) was a inspector of structural steelwork who worked on the Boston Subway system. He also helped to design a power rod bending machine. Measures 8 3/4" x 7 1/2". . Minor soiling.
Story of Simple Simon from the Susie Sunshine's Series. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1900
Story of Simple Simon from the Susie Sunshine's Series. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1900
Price: $85.00

8 plates, litho on linen covers, with linen interior pages. Tells the classic story of Simple Simon. In verse with charming color illustrations on each page. A part of the Susie Sunshine's Series. Measures 7 1/2" x 5".. Cover wear, particularly on the back strip. Inscription from previous owner. A few minor stains on the edge of the page, that do not affect the images or text.
Lily's Picture Book. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1890
Lily's Picture Book. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1890
Price: $90.00

This book includes four poems and their corresponding full=page, color chromolithographs. The poems are: Sister Nell, Dollie, Golden Hair, and Dog Shaggie. The images themselves are richly colored. The front cover is green with gilded accents. The main images is of a trellis with climbing ivy. There are four smaller images depicted within circles. Measures 10 1/4" x 6 3/4". Missing the top left corner of the front cover. Minor stains to the corners near the bindings on both the front and back covers. Interior pages are slightly toned and soiled due to age.  Interior cover page has an inscription from a previous owner (Carrie K Knox, North Sterling Connecticut).
This is the House the Jack Built. McLoughlin Brothers.New York .c1879
This is the House the Jack Built. McLoughlin Brothers.New York .c1879
Price: $95.00

This book beautifully illustrates the classic and popular British nursery rhyme and cumulative tale, "The House that Jack Built." This is apart of the Cinderella Series, printed by the McLoughlin Brothers. The cover is printed on yellow wrappers, and the front cover depicts a boy standing at the gate of a house. The back cover has printed advertisements for other series offered by the publishers. Measures 9 1/2" x 6 1/4". Small piece of missing surface litho on front cover. Binding has minor cracks along front cover. Minor toning/soiling due to age. There is a signature and date from a previous owner on an interior page (Charles T Bishop., 1879)
Matlida J Peterson's19th Century Autograph Friendship Album
Matlida J Peterson's19th Century Autograph Friendship Album
Price: $95.00

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"
Edited by An Association of Clergymen The Family Circle and Parlor Annual  Vol. V, No. 10. J.E.D. Comstock.New York.June 1846
Edited by An Association of Clergymen The Family Circle and Parlor Annual Vol. V, No. 10. J.E.D. Comstock.New York.June 1846
Price: $95.00

Illustrated wraps. Pgs. 334-363.  Engraving of Bay and Harbour of New York from Staten Island.  Hand colored engraving of Lily of the valley and balsam flowler (sp). An original poem The Return of Spring by H. A. Del Oriend.  Numerous articles including The History and Adventures of a Penny by Mrs. A. B. Whelpley,  An Exciting Scene; an authentic narrative by an eye-witness and Scripture Natural History; the apple-tree,or citron (with wood engraving) . Index and advertisement on back cover. Measures 8 3/4" x 5 3/4". .
Margaret Evens Price The Land of Nod. Stecher Litho. Co..Rochester, NY .1916
Margaret Evens Price The Land of Nod. Stecher Litho. Co..Rochester, NY .1916
Price: $95.00

This children's book is beautifully illustrated by Margaret Evens Price. 12 pages, with a stapled thick-card wrapper cover. The full color and three  color lithographs in the book perfectly exemplify the ability of the Stecher Lithography Company. Shared with the colorful lithography is a sweet story, told in verse, about a mystical fairy land that children can visit in their sleep.  The text and illustrations share the pages, bringing together the story and imagery to create a fanciful experience. 13 1/2" x 7" OCLC - 0 (Oct. 2018). This title is part of a larger series issued by the Stecher Lithographs Company. Most are illustrated by Margaret Evens Price, but few are also written by her as well. Price is a well-known artist and illustrator who lent her talent to many books.
Monday's Child Interpreted by Clark's ONT Spool Cotton. Clark's ONT Spool Cotton. 1880s
Monday's Child Interpreted by Clark's ONT Spool Cotton. Clark's ONT Spool Cotton. 1880s
Price: $100.00

Seven (7) 4" x 2 3/4"  embossed advertising trade cards promoting Clarks ONT thread. One for each line of the Monday's Child verse depicting an illustration of a young girl relevant to the verse.  It also includes Clark's response to the verse e.g. Thursday's Child is Sour & Sad - Tho' Thursday's child be sour and sad Clark's ONT will make her glad. the reverse promotes the product..
 Little Jack Horner, Stevengraph Woven Silk Bookmark. Thomas Steven.Coventry, UK.1874
Little Jack Horner, Stevengraph Woven Silk Bookmark. Thomas Steven.Coventry, UK.1874
Price: $110.00

A Stevengraph was invented by Thomas Stevens and is a woven silk with a colorful picture woven in. Thomas Stevens first introduced his Bookmarks around 1862 and by the end of that year he was producing as many as 79 different designs. By 1876 there were as many as 1000 bookmarks being manufactured and there seemed to be one for every occasion. This bookmark is of Little Jack Horner, and includes Mother Goose's nursery rhyme. In the center of the bookmark is an image of a boy - in a corner- wearing a purple shirt and green shorts, surrounded by several toys. The base of the bookmark has a floral design with a golden background. "Little Jack Horner sat in a corner eating a Christmas pie. He put in his thumb, and pull'd out a plum and said, what a good boy I am!" Measures 5 3/4" x 1 1/2" . Thomas Stevens was born on March 23, 1828 to John Stevens (1808-1879) and Sarah Day (1806-1861) in Foleshill, England. Stevens started working for Pears and Franklin, local ribbon weavers and by 1854 he had opened his own business. He invented the 'Stevengraph' in 1862. He married Anne Urania Sowter (1830-1903) on October 4, 1854, in Derby, England. They had  eight children together.  He died October 24, 1888 from complications from throat surgery.
Class of 1917 Initial Instruction for Infants or The Babies' Botany Book, A Grind Book from Smith College. Smith College.Northampton, MA.1914
Class of 1917 Initial Instruction for Infants or The Babies' Botany Book, A Grind Book from Smith College. Smith College.Northampton, MA.1914
Price: $110.00

8 pg., staple booklet. A humor filled book, which appears on first glance to be a baby book on botany. However upon closer inspection, one realize that the book has noting to do with botany. It is actually a 'Grinds' Book from Smith College, a women's college in Northampton, MA. These 'Grind Book's, also called Freshman Grinds, were created as a result of a long-standing competition that has existed between the First Year (Freshman) students and the Second Year (Sophomore) students, and were printed and placed either on the doorsteps or in the mailboxes of incoming Freshman. These books were often full of humor, poking fun at the incoming class, such as when the Class of 1908 produced a take-off of modern baby books, entitled "Babies Own Journal", which offered instructions on how to keep the baby member of the Class of 1909 happy, health, and clean. The Freshman class was often referred to as 'babies' as they knew nothing about campus or college life, and the Grinds often reflected that idea. "The Babies Botany Book", die cut to be shaped like a baby sucking a bottle and holding a doll, also reflects this idea, and includes five poems instructing the 'baby' reader on the various times of 'specimens' found. In this case they are referring to five of the stereotypical personalities of young incoming Freshmen. The poems are titled Grind-ia Greasi-ma (a Book Worm), Athlet-a Long Legorum (the athlete with long legs), Fusser Blushiorum (a flirty girl), Freshman-a Weepiosa (a homesick freshman), and Rusher Constant-a (an overachiever). Along with each poem is a black and white lined drawing. These drawings are also humorous in nature, for example the poem about the Athlete, depicts a girl's head with a long braid acting as the center of a flower and its stem, surrounding by basketballs representing the flower petals. Below is one of the poems found within this book. "This 'red-eyed-Susan' does not grow Where 'black-eyed-Susans' do, Nor is its color --A melancholy 'blue'; You'll find that early in the Fall It's everywhere about; 'Tis watered most by tears. But Time Can always Weed it out And for this flower to droop its head Is natural, must be granted: 'Tis torn from its own native soil, And is, of course, transplanted."    - Freshman-a Weepiosa Another funny bit to this book is the inscription which reads: "A collection of typical specimens weeded from the abundant growth of the year 1918, by 17 Botanists." Measures 8" x 4 3/4".
Clara D Nelson Commonplace Book of Clara D. Nelson featuring Poetry and Verse. .Sutton, New Hampshire.c1873
Clara D Nelson Commonplace Book of Clara D. Nelson featuring Poetry and Verse. .Sutton, New Hampshire.c1873
Price: $115.00

The book is full of poems that were copied down by Clara. Some of the poems included are The Golden Side by Mary Ann Kidder, Six Little Feet on the Tender, Drifting Apart, [Rev. Henry Brown and the] The Old  Home, Watching and Waiting [for me] by Marianne Farningham, Peace by J. G. Whittier. Additionally, there are 13 poems on newspaper, eight of which have been pasted together. Lastly their is a piece of paper with what appears to be a shopping list on it. "There is many a rest in the road of life, If only we would stop to take it; And many a tone from the better land, If the querulous heart world make it! To the sunny soul, that is full of hope, And whose beautiful trust ne'er faieth [sp], The grass is green and the flowers bright, Though the wintry storm prevaileth..." - The Golden Side by Mary Ann Kidder Cloth over Board covers, 16 leaves. Red tape binding. Half filled out. Measures 8" x 7".. Clara Danforth Sargent Nelson was born on September 26 1845 to Daniel Davis Sargent (1816 - 1887) and Mary W Chase (1822 -1920).  in Hopkinton, NH. She was married on November 17, 1868 to Harris Burpee Nelson (1843 -1928). She had three children George E Nelson (1870 - 1900), Eugeen L Nelson (1871 - 1955), and Carl Harris Nelson (1874 - 1971). Both her and her husband were farmers in New Hampshire. She died on March 15, 1932 in Sutton, NH of influenza.
Rebeckah Shearer Farewell, an Original poem at the Departure of a Friend. ..1837
Rebeckah Shearer Farewell, an Original poem at the Departure of a Friend. ..1837
Price: $115.00

An original poem written by Rebeckah Shearer in 1837. It is unclear if the poem is meant as a farewell for a loved one moving away or passing away. The poem is four stanzas long, the first of which is below: Farewell- but ever bear in mind the kindred heart you leave behind; It's throbbing fainies [sp? feigns] truth would tell, It almost bursts to say farewell Written on a single sheet of paper. Measures 4"x 3".
Walter Crane The Old Courtier. George Rogtledge & Sons (sp).London.1870
Walter Crane The Old Courtier. George Rogtledge & Sons (sp).London.1870
Price: $125.00

16pp. (including covers) The front cover depicts a courtier greeting a family at the door. Additionally, the front covers states the publisher as "Rogtledge & Sons" and the back cover has it as 'Routledge'. The latter is the correct spelling. The OCLC only has one copy with this misspelling. There are eight full color illustrations. The story is told in verse. Measures 9 3/4" x 7 1/2" . Covers are detached. Missing surface litho on front covers. The back cover is missing a section near the spine. Tape repair on inside covers.
An Essay on the life of Charles Dickens by Nellie M Krehbiel c 1900. ..
An Essay on the life of Charles Dickens by Nellie M Krehbiel c 1900. ..
Price: $125.00

An 18 page handwritten report or essay with three (3) images from photographs and one drawing. Paper covers with ribbon binding.  Titled Charles Dickens 1812-1870. Nellie M. Krehbiel. Embossed Victorian floral scrap affixed to front cover.  Although it is structured as a school project the factual narrative is written subjectively. e.g. "In later life Dickens preserved grateful remembrance of this gentleman, who recognized his pupils abilities and resolved  that they should not lie fallow for want of early cultivation".  Content includes Parents, Birth, Boyhood, Youth, Marriage, Friends, Manhood, Last years, Dickens' Works, Death and References.  A pen and ink drawing captioned Little Charles Dickens at the blackingware house.  Meausres 9" x 6'. . Believe author to be Nellie M Krehbiel. 1886–1967 Delevan, Cattaraugus, New York.
Original Poem on the Death of Maranda Stever. .Burlington.1845
Original Poem on the Death of Maranda Stever. .Burlington.1845
Price: $145.00

An original poem written at the death of Maranda Stever on March 26, 1845. The poem is authored by an unknown individual and dated April 18, 1845. The poem is divided into seven stanzas, and each stanza is separated by hand drawn geometric decorative borders. Below is one of the poem's stanzas: "Though death has sealed her mortal tongue And closed her eyes on earth forever In Heaven thy trust she'll wake the song, Of praise, that ceases never ." A note added by presumably a family member at a later date on reverse regarding the deceased and her family. Measures 12" x 71/2". Maranda Stever was born in 1817. She married a man named Jeremiah and died on March 26, 1845 in Bristol, CT
Susie L. Knibloc "On the death of a Schoolmate who died" August 8th, 1861. .Brooks Grove, Livingston County, NY.1861
Susie L. Knibloc "On the death of a Schoolmate who died" August 8th, 1861. .Brooks Grove, Livingston County, NY.1861
Price: $175.00

A hand made four (4) leaf book constructed of lined paper. The cover reads "On the death of a Schoolmate who died" August 8th, 1861.  It includes an array of verses both original and copied on death.  One verse begins "A friend is gone a youth is slain Bye Deaths resistless power A new made grave now tells us plain Our schoolmate is more..." Penned by Susie L. Knibloc for "Hannah">.
Lord Byron Miniature - Printed Music and Verse - The Kiss Dear Maid! . Rock & Co..London..c1840
Lord Byron Miniature - Printed Music and Verse - The Kiss Dear Maid! . Rock & Co..London..c1840
Price: $225.00

A 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" letter sheet with intricate embossed border design. Lithograph of the music and first two verses for "The Kiss, Dear Maid!"  Music by Beethoven. Verse by Lord Byron.   Reverse is blank. Rock & Co. London embossed at base. Presumably a love token..
Joseph Shaws Book. G. W. Mentz.Philadelphia.1823
Joseph Shaws Book. G. W. Mentz.Philadelphia.1823
Price: $225.00

Large format stenciled wraps. An applied label on the cover reads "Joseph Shaw's Book 1823". 20 unnumbered pages; 15 with verses.  Executed in a fine hand.  The verses include Church Fellowship I Cannot Tell Address to Young Ladies, written in a question an answer format penned in black and brown ink alternately. Ode on Washington's Birth Day Hymn by Pierpont The Genius of Masonry. Excerpt from Clymer's Anniversary "Strike, Strike the lyre, let cannons roar And haild the auspicious day When Freedoms sons undaunted swore To spurn a monarchs sway" Measures 12 1/2" x 18" . Covers detached and separated with wear.  Toning and discoloration first few pages.
Hand Made Inspirational Commonplace Book - Hand Penned Thoughts for the Year c1909. .Massachusetts.c1906
Hand Made Inspirational Commonplace Book - Hand Penned Thoughts for the Year c1909. .Massachusetts.c1906
Price: $250.00

Watercolor heavy card covers with polka-dot silk ribbon binding.  An endearing and thoughtful hand penned daily inspirational book. Each page represents a day of the year with a daily inspirational passage from poets, notables such as Florence Nightingale, Beecher the social reformer and abolitionist, philosopher, Bible passages and more. Some are original thoughts.  Measures 4 1/2" x 6".  .
Anonymous Woman Commonplace book - Religious, Poetry, Prayers and minor Accounting. ..c1850
Anonymous Woman Commonplace book - Religious, Poetry, Prayers and minor Accounting. ..c1850
Price: $325.00

A journal from the mid 1850s by an unknown individual, but one who is  very devout. The journal starts off as a diary, where only a line or two was written every few days. For example "Sewing Circle", "Attended Church and Sabbath School", and "Heard Dr. Jewett Lecture about temperance." As the journal progresses the entries start to grow in length. The author discusses everything from travel (to the countryside) to books  that they have read, including the History of the Reformation Began by Martin Luther. In addition to the diary, there is also poems and prayers written in the book as well. These tend to be written in pencil, and have faded a bit. On the inside covers are scribbles of math, and the first page of the journal is an accounting slip which references boarders and the dates they were stayed. There are two inserts of scrap paper, one has accounting on it, and the other a cutwork pattern, a simple sketch of a branch with leaves that has been partially cut out . Board covers with applied marble, 40 leaves. Author used both pencil and ink. Near complete, few blank pages. Measures 7 1/2 x 6 1/2..
 The Lady's Own New Sentimental Valentine Writer. or, Poetry of the Heart, being a New and Elegant Collection of Valentines, Addressed to Gentlemen. Turner & Fisher.New York, Philadelphia..c1845
The Lady's Own New Sentimental Valentine Writer. or, Poetry of the Heart, being a New and Elegant Collection of Valentines, Addressed to Gentlemen. Turner & Fisher.New York, Philadelphia..c1845
Price: $350.00

32pp. Pictorial hand colored wrapper.  Includes 88 numbered sentiments for writing valentines for any (male) individual. Perhaps numbered for the ladies of leisure to advise her writer which valentine to pen.  Measures 4 1/2" x 3".  Significant wear with old repairs to cover.  Not found OCLC (5/2018)..
William Brown William Brown's School Writing Book. .Newburyport, MA.1799-1800
William Brown William Brown's School Writing Book. .Newburyport, MA.1799-1800
Price: $375.00

This book was used by William Brown of Newburyport, MA to practice is penmanship. While the quality of his script is always outstanding, as the notebook progress, William's script gets smaller and smaller. He practices his writing by repeatedly writing short phrases over and over again, or by copying down entire poems or short passages from political reports. Some of the phrases he uses are "You'll soon improve, if learning you love" and "Riches are but uncertain". Some of the poems he copies are rather well known, such as a section from The Vicissitudes of Life, A Canterbury Tale, or the below excerpt from Alexander Pope's Essay on Man: "Heaven forming each on other to depend, A master, or a servant, or a friend, Bids each on other for assistance call, Till one man's weakness grows the strength of all, Wants frailties, passions, closer still ally The common interest, or endear the tie." Along with practicing his script William often writes his numbers as well. In addition, on the bottom of each page his signs his name. He does this in a variety of different ways, often but not always including the town (Newburyport) and the year. Some of these signatures are embellished with  flourishes. On one of the last pages, is written Welsh's School. This is most likely in reference to Schoolmaster Michael Welsh, who ran not only a grammar school for the town of Newburyport in the late 1700s but also his own private school. It is unclear which school of his is referenced in this note. The notebook is contained in a unattached piece of craft paper, of which has a note pinned onto it. The note says "School Writing Book, 1799. Loan by Mrs. Thos J Allen." Stitched binding. 24 pages. Measures 8 1/2" x 7".
 Sinful Pleasure, a Poem for Youth. ..c1830
Sinful Pleasure, a Poem for Youth. ..c1830
Price: $375.00

A poem regarding the 'pleasures of youth'. The poem has been titled "Sinful Pleasures" but appears to be derived from a poem called "Irregular Pleasures" with only minor alterations. On either side of the poem are two birds  created with calligraphy flourishes  drawn in ink. Flourishes surround the title. Below are the first few lines from the poem: "By the unhappy excess of irregular pleasures in youth, how many amiable dispositions are corrupted or destroyed. How many rising capacities and  powers [are] supposed. How many flattering hopes of parents and friends are totally extinguished..."  Measures 10" x 8 ..
 The Professional Valentine Writer - Basket-makers, Book Binders, Booksellers, Carpenters, Glaziers, Ladies, etc.. J. L. Marks.London.c1810
The Professional Valentine Writer - Basket-makers, Book Binders, Booksellers, Carpenters, Glaziers, Ladies, etc.. J. L. Marks.London.c1810
Price: $375.00

A Valentine's Day writer meant for a variety of career positions, such as basket maker, bookseller, Carpenter, Oilman, Cheesemonger and butcher. The front cover has a woodcut of a cupid sitting at a desk writing with an arrow with little figures around his head. The title page has the same woodcut illustration, but it is hand colored. The 'writers' found within this book are short poems that have both the letter and responses and can often be quite humorous.  Here is an example of one for a bookseller: " From a Bookseller. This publication of my love By Cupid is edited; Say in a quarto your approve, And I shall be delighted. Answer. Your matter is uncouth and vile: I trust (with due submission) Your editor will mend his style, Against the next edition." Blue wrappers, 8 pgs. String binding. No OCLC (there are 2 under the same name but printed at a later date by Marks & Sons) Measures 6 3/4" x 4 1/4".
 Friendship and Lover's Album - Numerous Entries from the Same Three People. J. C. Riker.Harts Village, Dutchess County, New York.c1850
Friendship and Lover's Album - Numerous Entries from the Same Three People. J. C. Riker.Harts Village, Dutchess County, New York.c1850
Price: $425.00

A unusual friendship album belonging to Eliza Howland. With the exception of one or two entries, the album appears to have been written by three people writing over years (c1850). The entries are written by Omega, Rover and Hiram. Hiram is later identified as Hiram Howland, and he is presumably Eliza's husband. On two of Omega's entries she has also drawn a colorful dove holding an olive branch in its beak. The majority of the entries are written by Hiram and tend to be love poems, mostly original. Most of his entries are simply titled 'To Eliza', though at times his is more descriptive in his naming, such as 'With You I Am Happy', 'A The Plighted Vow' and  'Written on the reception of a Bible', Additionally, there are two letters, with their corresponding envelopes. The letters were written to Eliza by Hiram on Valentines day and are love poems as well. Below is a quote from one Hiram's poems in the journal: "My thoughts wander back to the days of my youth, When my heart was both gullible and free, Then ambition did prompt me to wealth, fame, and truth, While my hopes were all centered on thee But the ambition has fled with the year that have flown while my hope of vain fortune is river Still with thee I am happy, I love and be loved. Till summoned to mansions in heaven..." On the cover there is gilt stamp which states "Religious Album" along with the original owners name, "Eliza". There are six black and white engravings (including the title page) depicting religious scenes, such as when an angel appeared to the shepherds to proclaim the birth of Christ. Brown leather board covers with gild stamp design. 60 leaves, with interleaves in front of the illustrations. The pages are multicolored, and gilt fore edge. The journal is approximately half filled (first half of book).  Measures 7 1/2" x 6"..
 Journal of Flowers and Poetry, Reinterpretations of Old Tales. ..c1880
Journal of Flowers and Poetry, Reinterpretations of Old Tales. ..c1880
Price: $525.00

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".
 Artistic Penmanship - Master Richard Clarke - Burnham School -Poetry with Illuminated Letters. .Northampton, MA.1865
Artistic Penmanship - Master Richard Clarke - Burnham School -Poetry with Illuminated Letters. .Northampton, MA.1865
Price: $700.00

4 leaves. Elaborately decorated cover with gilt enhanced illustrated of boy conquering a mountain.  He carries a flag reading "Excelsior". He has penned "Master Richard Clarke Burnham School. June 1845" in the cartouche. A large format album with decorative border designs printed in different colors with different flowers and flourishes.   Master Clarke has copied four (4) verses each with some illuminated and otherwise accentuated letters.  The verses are School Recollection - Cowper The Moss Rose - Krummacher The Reaper and the Flowers - Longfellow What of the Night - Anon Each of the titled with a different flare - of particular note is The Moss Rose created of miniature penned moss and roses.  Numerous fine accents from the weeping willow "MY"" to the grape arbor "They".  Special attributes have been used in lettering the poets names.  Measures 17" x 13". .
 Folk Art Decorated Drawing of flowers and birds - excerpt from a Pastoral titled of Morning, Noon and Evening  by John Cunningham,. ..
Folk Art Decorated Drawing of flowers and birds - excerpt from a Pastoral titled of Morning, Noon and Evening by John Cunningham,. ..
Price: $800.00

Naive fraktur style with vining border and wreath created by Harriet Young, September 29, 1809.  A large basket  adorns the top of the page filled with fruit and flowers.  Birds on the edges of the baskets and nearby tree stumps.  At center is the  hand penned "Noon" portion of Cunningham's Morning, Noon and Evening.    Measures 7 3/4" x 9 1/2".. Surface wear and corner chips.
Helen Maria Imrie, etc. A Fine Ladies Album and Commonplace Book - Helen Maria Imrie . .Scotland.1839-1866
Helen Maria Imrie, etc. A Fine Ladies Album and Commonplace Book - Helen Maria Imrie . .Scotland.1839-1866
Price: $1,150.00

34 leaves.  Two rows of elaborate stamped decorative devices on cover; outer border gilt stamped. An array of different colored pages, some with Dobbs Patent embossed border decoration including French love sentiments. A fine lady's book.  The content is complete and the book is filled with the exception of two pages.  The content includes an array of art including eight (8) cut-out and applied original floral arrays, two (2) near full page watercolors in charcoal and watercolor featuring a pair of grouse signed W. Gunton 1832, a small perforated paper  with  watercolor of a bird, pencil drawing of Portrait of Rembrandt,  pencil drawing of lads around camp fire, pen and ink of Lord Byran, fine miniature penwork titled "Affection" with laurel wreath and a pair of love birds,  pencil drawing of a male dancer and his shadow, an applied 2 1/4" x 4 1/2" hand penned eternal love knot, a loose fine cutwork depicting a shelter with a shepherd and sheep, applied pencil and pen work of shoes through the ages from 1544-1830, tipped-in  watercolor of floral array and a provocative pencil and watercolor of a young woman. The writings, mostly by the owner with a few entries by others, mostly women include A Friendship Wreath (poem), Boarding school Notice - interpretation of what was needed, Character of Napoleon Bonepart as drawn by Wm Phillips 1814 narrative,  character of Madame de Stache as drawn Lady Morgan of France (narrative),  Retrospection by J.A.S. in 1866, Translation of some French verses to Lord Byron, Copy of "A Maltese Woman's Petition" original sent to Ladies Malta Charitable Society, The Cost of War, The Answer, Character of James the First of England, A Stranger, "Since your honor is so good", Love of God, Recipe - a Cure for Love, Oh moralists, who heard of happiness and self-respect, When did personal variety listen to the suggestions of Prudence, Luther - A Fragment (26 verse poem), miscellaneous verses and writings. Measures 10 1/4" x 8 1/4". . Most likely Helen Maria Imrie 4 Aug 1820 - 24 Jul 1904, Ferry-Port-on-Craig, Fife, Scotland.