Riverhead, Long Island: c.1878. The autograph book of Addie [Raynor?], resident in Riverhead, Long Island, New York c.1878. Includes a very fine calligraphic drawing by Usher B. Howell done in ink and gilt; Howell would go on to be President of the Riverhead Bank. Four leaves of loose autograph leaves that appear to be taken from a separate album have been tucked in the rear, and are addressed to "Susie" and "Edward". Also enclosed in the rear is a humorous four-page manuscript letter "To the Editor" about a handsome but surly and presumptuous neighbor (a cat).
An elaborate calligraphy dove penned in black and gold ink serves as the highlight of this album. Also includes 13 sentiments from family and acquaintances.
4to (8.25" by 7"), approx. 75 leaves, most left blank/unused. In original gilt-stamped sheep with beveled edges. Good. Back strip lacking, one or two gatherings starting to come loose. The occasional spot, toning, or water stain. May be lacking one or two leaves where spine sometime cracked.