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Wright, Caleb, ed. The pictorial scrap book: A pleasant and profitable companion for leisure hours. Northampton, M[as]S.: Pub. by Caleb Wright (stereotyped by John D. Flagg, Andover), [1846?]. 8vo (23.8 cm, 9.37"). Frontis., 415,  pp.; illus., ports. $125.00
Collection of => almost 200 engraved illustrations with accompanying text descriptions: people, places, natural wonders, and inventions from around the world, including a Venetian palace, the Mississippi River, the Golden Island of China, a Newfoundland dog, Barnum's Oriental Villa, a hot-air balloon ascension, the Philadelphia waterworks, Harvard College, Queen Elizabeth, yellow ants, the London Stock Exchange, Ojibwa Indians, the mosque at Salonica, Jenny Lind, the Hotel de Cluny, an East Indian dancing girl, etc.
The plates (which are printed on one side only and included in the pagination) are for the most part full-page illustrations, while some offer two or three vignettes.
The title-page notes that this is a stereotype edition; it appears to be => the sole appearance of this work, with no other printing reported by WorldCat — although different publication dates have been assigned, the earliest possible being 1846 based on the presence of the Victoria Fountain (built in that year) and the last date mentioned in the text being 1845.
Binding: Publisher's red cloth in imitation of morocco (Krupp Lea3, var. 1), both covers elaborately gilt-stamped with floral and foliate designs around a central urn-shaped motif in a bower with angels; spine with gilt-stamped palm tree and Chinese peasant design. All edges gilt.
Provenance: Front pastedown with 19th-century rubber-stamp of J.A. Newhall.
Krupp, Making a Case for Cloth, p. 37. Bound as above, with light rubbing only and spine gilt only slightly dimmed; endpapers foxed, and minor foxing to some pages and plates. => A remarkable collection of steel engravings, in an exuberant contemporary binding that STILL GLOWS! (41566) Please RESHELVE This.
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