Title: Mid-Nineteenth Century Friendship, Autograph...
Publication Date: 1875
Book Condition: Very Good+
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Full morocco, lavishly stamped in gilt on upper board and spine, ornate pattern repeated in blind on rear board; oblong, approx. 7.75 x 5 inches; approx. pp. 150, autographed friendship album, handwritten throughout by numerous hands. Boards lightly scuffed; front hinge cracked; FFEP neatly removed. A rich collection of quotes and signatures, offering numerous inks and callgraphic specimens, centered around Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, but including Bellevue, Cedar Falls, Marion -- and more -- with contributors hailing from a few distant towns, like Chicago and New Orleans. Entries are contributed from 1873-79, with the majority from 1875, a few addressed to "Mollie," but most addressed to "Mary," (Mary B. Woods) who seems to have cut a popular figure, as nearly every recto bears a contribution, and quite a few versos as well. Remarkably varied penmanship throughout (two in Pitman shorthand), all of it legible (even lovely), contributed by over a hundred men and women, offering pleasant thoughts and good wishes to their friend ("Long may you live / Happy may you be / Marry a good fellow / And live next door to me"), but not afraid to show their dark side ("Life is a waste of wearisome hours / Which seldom the rose of enjoyment adorns / And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers / Is always the first to be touched by the thorns"). Bookseller Inventory # D4063
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