Humorous Mid-Nineteenth Century Valentine "To a Drover", "Oh! who could think of love, and thee, . . . "

Published by Marks & Sons Presumed, London Presumed
Condition: Good
From White Fox Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB (West Windsor, VT, U.S.A.)

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Very scarce humorous Valentine, circa 1840s, with hand-coloring. It does not bear a publisher's name, but its resemblance to other cards by Marks & Sons of London leads to an assumption that it was this company which issued the card. This one is entitled: "To a Drover", and pictured is an odd shaped man with a porcine face, an oversized head, and vaguely the bearing of a four legged animal, whether horse, goat or other form of livestock. Accompanying him is a herding dog, and a thought bubble contains the non-words: "Co afore um", which would seem a bumpkin accented attempt to say, "Go forward". The poisoned pen verse below is as follows: "Oh! who could think of love, and thee, Go herd your filthy cattle! And leave to cleaner -- milder brutes, Love's joys and gentle prattle, When next you try to woo a maid, Pray like a Bull don't bellow: Dick, always recollect your [sic] are A Drover -- ugly Fellow." The card, then, not only provides insight on a mean-spirited form of humor then in some sort of fashion, but also on attitudes towards rural workers. Dimensions are 22 by 16.5 cm, 8.5 by 6.5 inches. One minor closed tear. Heavily age toned. Bookseller Inventory # 002845

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Title: Humorous Mid-Nineteenth Century Valentine "...

Publisher: Marks & Sons Presumed, London Presumed

Binding: NA

Book Condition:Good

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