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circa 1880. Hardcover. This album belonged to Bessie Palmer, who writes a poetic invitation to her friends and family to write a few lines "that memory may revert to you." The fronts of most pages have been filled with poetry from friends, her sister and brother along with occasional drawings. Greenish gray cloth boards with black and gilt title to front cover along with color pastedown illustration of a young girl. Faded decoration to spine. Wear and chipping to book cloth on spine ends. Minor wear to edges of board and rubbing to boards. Minor soiling to pages. Several pages are detached and laid in. Foxing and/or smudge marks, soiling to many pages. Chipping and tears to come pages. Paper is somewhat brittle. A sweet little book, which was obviously treasured by its previous owner. Size: 6 x 4.5 inches. Unpaginated. About 40 pages with writing. HAND/030519. Good.
Neustadt, Germany: circa 1988. Hardcover. Glossy blue paper covered boards with gilt title "Poesie" to front cover. The interior is filled with songs, advice, and well wishes for a baby, Mandana - from various friends. Text is mostly in German with several entries in English. Most entries are dated and range from 1988 to 1991. Includes pasted down photographs and cards. One entry reads "Dear Mandana, However they talk, whatever they say, Look straight at the task without dismay, and if you can do it, do it today! Fur Erinnerung an Deine Lehoerin. Marianne Lermann. Neustadt, im November 1988." Light soiling to covers, but clean overall. 6.5 x 6.5 inches. HAND/040419. Very Good.
n.p. [circa 1910-1911]. Hardcover. An interesting compilation of school work done by an industrious and thoughtful student (probably high school) named R.W. Williams in the early 1900s. School is not identified. The first volume is labeled "Theses" and contains three lengthy papers: "Les Parnassiens," a handwritten piece in French about Parnassianism, the French poetry style of the Positive period; "The Division of Power, Legislative and Administrative, between the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore, a typed 52-page analysis; and "The Panama Canal. Its Economic Significance," a long handwritten piece. The second volume is titled "Shorter Papers." Comprised of about twenty-five short handwritten papers on various topics for her (handwriting is feminine in appearance) classes in government and economics. Both volumes bound in three quarter brown leather with reddish-orange cloth boards. Four raised bands to spine with gilt and red title label and gilt and black author label. Rubbing to exterior, mostly to edges and heavier at corners. Minor bumping to spine ends. Interior pages are clean and legible. Some pages folded vertically, probably folded to turn in to the teacher. Very good condition. This set may require an extra shipping fee. HAND/033115. Very Good.