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[Newell, Mrs. D., ed.]. Family circle and parlor annual [volume IX]. New York: J.G. Reed, . 8vo (22.6 cm, 9"). , 10–410 pp.,  leaves of plates (some col.); illus., music, ports. $255.00
Sentimental literature originally published as individual issues of the Family Circle magazine and here collected and bound into a yearly volume gift book (with index) — charmingly illustrated not only with 12 of the usual steel-engraved scenes but also with => 9 hand-colored plates, 4 wood-engraved plates, and a chromolithographed added title-page. The hand-colored plates include a peacock and variety of flowers, shrubs, and trees including alstroemeria, the moss rose, the inga, catalpa, and the Nankin magnolia.
The book's theme is established both by these plates and by the accompanying series of florally themed romantic stories, while other pieces refer admiringly to temperance, patriotism, or female education. Some plates were engraved by R. Soper, Allanson, W. Wellstood, A.L. Dick, and J. Smillie; lyrics and music for "Christian Graces" and "Springdale" are present.
Shockingly the editors report “a most infamous conspiracy to injure and break down several periodicals in this city — our own among the number — has lately come to light” (p. 230). The subscribers’ lists of several periodicals were leaked (apparently by clerks) to unscrupulous individuals who then sent “a vile obscene and filth paper [sic]” to those unsuspecting patrons.
Binding: Publisher's red, richly gold-stamped textured leather, covers with gilt-stamped central bouquet in a basket. All edges gilt.
Provenance: Pencilled name of Peter J. Revill on front free endpaper.
Faxon 188c. Not in Tepper or Thomson. Binding as above and => a brilliantly BRIGHT example. Varying degrees of foxing and staining, most notably surrounding plates. A very pleasing volume from many points of view. (40888) Please RESHELVE This.
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