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Movable] Poison Valentine Card of a Sharp-Featured Crone Carrying a Movable Head

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White Fox Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB
West Windsor, VT, U.S.A.

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AbeBooks Seller Since June 4, 2009

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A hand-colored illustration of a schoolmarmish-looking woman -- someone who would be pegged a spinster -- whose head can be moved forward and back with a pull tab. N.d., circa early 1850s. (The envelope used to send the card has a Benjamin Franklin regular U.S. stamp that was issued from 1851 to 1856, plus the type of printing and card and the dress of the woman all point to the 1850s.) The card measures 19 by 13 cm. The card is a "poison valentine" lite. The eight lines of verse are not as vicious and derisive as many a poison valentine, which was a popular genre of humor cards of the time. Rather, the verse begins speaking of the woman's good points, BUT . . . What follows is more of a backhanded compliment, and a recipient was unlikely to take kindly to the unctuous, so-called constructive criticism offered by the sender: "My purpose is not insult but true love, Not the romantic stuff of hill and grove, but a sincere regard which speaketh plain, And pointeth out the follies of the vain. You possess many of the graces rare,/ That should adorn and deck a lady fair, But then your follies like weeds mid rose, All your other charms successfully opposes." The card proper is surrounded by a doily lace-like fringe. With the envelope in which the card was sent. Minor damage to the frilly fringe. Light soiling of the card. Bookseller Inventory # 003465

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Title: Movable] Poison Valentine Card of a ...

Book Condition: Very Good Minus

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Antiquarian books of all kinds, with emphases on color plate books, decorative arts, foreign literature (German, French, Italian, Spanish), children's literature, philosophy, sporting (equine, hunting, shooting).

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