Hart, Mary W. >>
Title Album : Cherished Friendships
Book Condition Good+ with no dust jacket
Publisher N. Y. : J. C. Riker; 1854
Seller ID 19189
120 pages; 12mo (7.75") 20 cm; Hardcover (6.1 x 7.7 inches) 154 x 194 mm, red leather over spine, gilt decor and 'Album' on spine, yellow textured boards, all edges gilt, about 120 unnumbered pages. ; This is an amazing unique item with 28 original poems in honor of one Mary W. Hart, written 1850s by various residents of Huntington county and Wabash county, Indiana. Some are quite extensive, with rich imagery and clever rhymes. Book also includes 6 decorative b/w engravings, as issued. ; Includes original poems by M. W. Ridgway, New Holland, Wabash county, Indiana, 1854; Viola Ridgway, New Holland, 1854; C. W. Moore, 1855; M. E. Moore, 1855; Clementine Pickering, New Holland, 1855; Milton Jennings, Rosedale, 1855; Sarah E. Hart; E. S. Pickering, Forest cat, Indiana; J. (John) Crozier Hart, Huntington county, 1855; Mary E. Jennings, Rosedale, 1855; Mary Welles, Sandy Hills, 1856; Jamie M. Stanton, New Holland, 1855; Margarette Satterthwaite, Sugar Grove, 1856; Minerva, Holland, 1858; Zada A. King, 1859; Robert C; Hart, Highland Retreat, Huntington county, Indiana; more. ; Engravings are: Sleeping cherub, Flora MacIvor, The Rescue (art by Edward Coubould) , The Miniature, View of Northumberland on the Susquehanna, Saratoga Lake. ; Exterior shows normal wear. Leather chipped at heel. Foxing and spots here and there. Small hole in one leaf, evidence of a few leaves missing, otherwise all pages are intact. Everything is readable although some ink is faded, some lettering very small. Binding tight. ; Laid in: 1) small old visitor card with name Maud Hart in pen and ink. 2) actual shock of hair. ; Sample poem: The Memory of the Heart, sonnet by Milton Jennings, Rosedale, Indiana, 1855: If stores of dry and learned lore we gain / Close keep them in the memory of the brain / Names, things and facts -- whate'er we knowledge call / There is the common ledger for them all / And images on this cold surface traced / Make slight impression and are soon effaced / But we've a page more glowing and more bright / On which our friendship and our love to write / That these may never from the soul depart / We trust them to the memory of the heart / There is no dimming, no effacement here / Each new pulsation keeps the record clear / Warm golden letters all the tablet fill / Nor lose their lustre till the heart stands still.