Gentleman's Valentine Writer, The [and] The Lady's Valentine Writer: MOCK VALENTINE ... Gentleman's Valentine Writer, The [and] The Lady's Valentine Writer: MOCK VALENTINE ... Gentleman's Valentine Writer, The [and] The Lady's Valentine Writer: MOCK VALENTINE ... Gentleman's Valentine Writer, The [and] The Lady's Valentine Writer: MOCK VALENTINE ...

Gentleman's Valentine Writer, The [and] The Lady's Valentine Writer


Published by London: Thomas Richardson, 1830, 1830
Art / Print / Poster
From David Brass Rare Books, Inc. (Calabasas, CA, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since February 1, 2007 Seller Rating 2-star rating

Association Member: ABAA

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 1,850.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 10.00 Within U.S.A. Destination, rates & speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

With Twenty-Four Highly Amusing Hand-Colored 'Valentine Plates'[Mock Valentine Caricatures]. The New London Fashionable Gentleman's Valentine Writer [and] Richardon's New Fashionable Lady's Valentine Writer; or, Cupid's Festival of Love. Derby: Thomas Richardson, circa 1830. Octavo (7 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches; 185 x 121 mm.). [xii], [xii] pp. Title-page "Collection of Mock Valentines London, circa, 1830" printed in brown and yellow with a hand drawn head within the lower part of the "C". Extra-illustrated with twenty-four amusing hand-colored engraved plates. Original green paper wrapper for The Gentleman's Valentine Writer, original blue paper wrapper for The Gentleman's Valentine Writer, original green paper wrapper for The Lady's Valentine Writer, original blue paper wrapper for The Lady's Valentine Writer.Bound ca. 1880 in half citron morocco over marbled boards ruled in blind, spine with five raised bands decoratively stamped with gilt fleur-de-lis and lettered in gilt in compartments, matching marbled end-papers. Spine ends a little worn.The twenty-four hand-colored plates feature illustrated poems in varying typefaces, including calligraphic script. A wonderful opportunity to relish the rude, these address the less attractive walks of life - fat ladies, people who won't shut up, shrews, dandies, peeping toms, hen-peckers, conceited little barbers, knaves, brutes, bad singers, and more. It's mysterious in its variations (one wonders at the authorship, the differing poetic styles, the differing types), and a delightful celebration of how much Valentine's Day can be a let down.A curious and most likely unique collection, seemingly culled from three rather scarce sources: "The New London Fashionable Gentleman's Valentine Writer" and "Richardson's New Fashionable Lady's Valentine Writer; or, Cupid's Festival of Love," both published in Derby by Thomas Richardson and Son, and "Collection of Mock Valentines" from an unknown publisher - all published circa 1830-1840. The original wraps for the Richardson publications are bound in, with different cover illustrations for the Ladies and the Gents, and in different colors (a green and a blue Gents, a green and a blue Ladies), and all with different ads printed on the verso - so possibly coming from multiple different copies of the Richardson's publications (which ran from 1828 to 1843, and sold for a penny). The "Collection of Mock Valentines" is identified only by its illustrated title-page, relaying no more information than the title and "circa 1830." All three sources are bound shuffled together in a random, though coherent, order.The Richardson's publications, which were published without illustrations - on different and slightly smaller paper than the mock collection - offer a selection of Valentines and answers. Valentine poems from a tradesman, a person of rank, a gentleman, or from "any one in great or humble circumstances" (and more) are addressed to a clerk, a lady that is fond of singing, a milliner, "a gentleman not remarkable for erudition" (and more) - and all are met with answers of compliance or rejection. They range from the sweet to the silly, they are sometimes blunt, sometimes rude, sometimes careful, always witty.Valentine's Dayhas been associated with romantic messages and gifts sincethe MiddleAges, but once the pre-paid penny post began in Britain inthe 1840s, the craze for sending anonymous cards became enormously popular. However, alongside the hearts and flowers, there were less pleasant sentiments to be found in cards of a much darker variety.The intention of these 'mock' or 'vinegar' valentines was to make fun of the recipient or even worse, to hurl abuse. No stone was left unturned: personality flaws, drunkenness, ugliness, philandering, vanity, laziness, hypocrisy.These valentines were,in fact, not 'cards' at all but thin, single sheets of paper with a printed caricature, some including spiteful comments or a mocking verse. Although few of these survive toda. Bookseller Inventory # 03736

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Gentleman's Valentine Writer, The [and] The ...

Publisher: London: Thomas Richardson, 1830

Publication Date: 1830

Store Description

WHAT IS DAVID BRASS RARE BOOKS? David Brass Rare Books, Inc. specializes in buying and selling only the finest examples of English, American and European Literature, Children's Books, Color-Plate Books, Illustrated Books, Early Printed Books, Private Press Books, Fine Bindings, Original Artwork, Manuscripts, High Spot Modern First Editions, Rare Books and High Spots. HOW WE WORK We fully catalogue and photograph all of our items. We realize that every book has its own unique characteristics, so our catalogue descriptions give you a clear and precise explanation of condition, style, history, etc. Our photographs are of the highest digital quality, and will give you the clearest idea of what out items actually look like. We believe that this detailed information will provide a greater sense of confidence to the discerning collector who is considering a purchase. CONSIGNMENTS Consignments are welcome. If you want to use our name and contacts to find a home for your rare pieces, ask us about our terms. We offer full security and insurance while we house your item.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Association Member Members of these associations are committed to maintaining the highest standards. They vouch for the authenticity of all items offered for sale. They provide expert and detailed descriptions, disclose all significant defects and/or restorations, provide clear and accurate pricing, and operate with fairness and honesty during the purchase experience.
Terms of Sale:

We guarantee the condition of every book as it's described on the Abebooks web sites. If you are
dissatisfied with your purchase (Incorrect Book/Not as Described/Damaged) or if the order hasn't
arrived, you're eligible for a refund within 30 days of the estimated delivery date. If you've changed your
mind about a book that you've ordered, please use the Ask bookseller a question link to contact us and
we'll respond within 2 business days.

Shipping Terms:


We will ship worldwide by FedEx, UPS and US Post. Please ask for details of insurance and freight.


All prices are in US dollars. For our overseas customers please email us for a conversion into your currency if needed. Shipping and Insurance will be charged at cost. Payment by MasterCard, Visa, or American Express credit card is acceptable. Checks require ten days to clear.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order Cash Invoice Bank Draft Bank/Wire Transfer