Philadelphia, G. W. Mentz & Son, ca. 1830. Title page engraved by Samuel Maverick, blank book of over 100 leaves. 20cm. Bound in red morocco with owners name in gilt on the front cover framed in decorative floriated box of blind and gilt rolls, repeated on the bottom cover, title in gilt on decorative gilt spine, marbled endpapers, gilt turn-ins; all edges gilt. A friendship album belonging to Mary E. Lore, presumably of Philadelphia, with the first entry dated March 14, 1831. "What is an Album? Tis a garden of flowers where friendship refined, plants the sweetest and best from the stores of the mind, tis garland of roses that memory has wove, to engrave on its leaves the friend's name that we love." 30 leaves of manuscript poetry, from various sources, including original verse, written between 1831 and 1839, in Germantown and Philadelphia, and New London, Missouri. Many, but not all, of the entries are signed by Mary Elizabeth Lore. One poem, "On Life," is illustrated with a hand drawn and hand tinted rose, and rose buds in pink with leaves in green. The binding has a dark, not very detracting dark stain on the front cover near the top edge corner, the edges are rubbed, small chip to the spine; fore edges of the leaves are slightly stained from handling; occasional foxing; modern bookplate on the front cover paste down. A well preserved young ladies' antebellum album of poetry and friendship sentiments. .
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Book number: 16674
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