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The Young Ladies Album - A Friendship Album for Ellie F. Keen
The Young Ladies Album - A Friendship Album for Ellie F. Keen

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Price: $425.00

Philadelphia, PA . 1848-1856
Love and Friendship, Friendship Album, Poetry, Women's History
Heavy cover wear. Front cover detached. Back strip lacking. Few pages minor foxing.

Product Code: 25000153

A large format gilt stamped friendship album dedicated to Ellie F. Keen affectionately by her father, 1848. Includes color title page and 12 romantic themed color plates throughout.  Three (3) with inscriptions from her friends.  Predominantly written in 1848 and 1849. Additionally over 50 poems and personal notes dedicated to Ellie.  One with a calligraphy swan at top.  Additionally includes a well executed full page water color of a moonlit night with fondly embracing lovers. The adjacent page is a full page verse about lovers meeting in the silent night from E.K..  Approximately 2/3 of the pages have mostly full page sentiments. Additionally there are some unusual scrap decals that unfortunately did not age well. Minimal detraction.  Most are signed with a first name only with some exceptions - Ellie Lloyde, Joe Keen, Lizzie Wethereill, Mary Ricketts, Fanny Walker, Mary A. Morgan, Mary Babbit and Maria Dock. | The verse adjacent the watercolor begins: "It is the hour where in the Silent street, The midnight watchman's echoing tramp is heard, Entranced by thy dear voice, to me so sweet, Too long have the parting hours deferred... Concludes ..."The converse fond with thee, deny me not, Too much of time, this world's dull cares employ, For in this transient scene 'tis not thy lot Of man, to taste a long contented Joy - signed with initials , dated 1856.  Measures 9 3/4" x 7 1/2".