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Harsha, D.A. The Heavenly token a gift book for Christians. New York: H. Dayton; Indianapolis: Asher & Co., 1859. 12mo (18.6 cm; 7.625"). Engr. frontis., 491 pp. $125.00
Religious "gift book" in name only, here reissued from the 1856 edition, with an engraved frontispiece of a throne under a rainbow overlooking people praying on earth by S.A. Schoff after Hammatt Billings. Tepper aptly notes about a similar edition that "it is 500 pages of exhaustive sermonizing on the love of Christ. . . . this is an interesting example of the lengths publishers would go to in => riding the coattails of the gift book fad."
Binding: Blue publisher's cloth, spine stamped in gilt with fancified title and partly arabesque design, covers decoratively framed in blind.
Not in Faxon, nor Thompson, American Literary Annuals & Gift Books; for another year, see Tepper, American Gift Books & Literary Annuals. (Second edition), p. 100. Bound as above, recently well rebacked with original spine laid on and new endpapers, gently rubbed, small sticker on spine. Light age-toning and foxing (especially around the frontispiece as usual), with occasional other spotting or staining (some perhaps in press); a sound copy representing => an interesting phenomenon in marketing. (37262) Please RESHELVE This.
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