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Barton, Hemans, et al. A parting gift to a Christian friend. Hartford: Brown & Parsons, 1846. 32mo (10.8 cm; 4.25"). [2 (blank)] ff., 192 pp., [2 (blank)] ff. $250.00
A sentimental forget-me-not token designed for exchange between friends separated by circumstance. This gift book offers poetry and brief prose excerpts meant to soothe the pain of loss with assurances of divine comfort and reminders of friendship's joys and sorrows. The contributors, where they are not anonymous, are predominantly British and include Bernard Barton, Charles Swain, and Felicia Hemans, along with American Lydia Huntley Sigourney, among others.
Binding: Cream-colored textured cloth boards, horizontally striped in magenta, with blind-stamped panel containing corner arabesques and (on the front only) a central gilt-stamped floral design. Spine gilt-stamped with title and arabesques. All edges gilt.
The use of striping on Victorian cloth bindings was uncommon and short-lived, lasting roughly from 1845 to 1852. On this type of binding, see: Andrea Krupp, Making a Case for Cloth, fol. 6.
Provenance: Mid-19th-century pencil signature on front pastedown of May Harris of Deposit, Delaware County, NY; full inscription repeated on a blank at the rear.
Faxon 631a (for an 1843 edition by the same publishers). Not in Tepper, American Gift Books & Literary Annuals. (Second edition); not in Thompson, American Literary Annuals & Gift Books. Bound as above; covers lightly soiled and with a scattering of small spots. Foxing general but light, to interior; a clean, nice copy. (32064) Please RESHELVE This.
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