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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


 
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Price: $425.00

Product Code: 29001101

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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"..