With time on our hands during the Coronavirus lockdown, we are reviewing the prices of some of our older stock and adjusting prices of books to ensure that they are the most attractive offering in the marketplace, as it is a reality of the antiquarian market for books that less expensive and mid-level material the trend has been inexorably downward, to the chagrin of booksellers and to the benefit of collectors. Consequently, we have slashed prices anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent of these books we have had listed for five years or more. So we hope that anyone visiting the site might find something that might have become overpriced but now legitimately qualifies as a bargain.
Title My Lady's Casket of Jewels and Flowers for Her Adorning With Selections
Binding Decorated Cloth
Book Condition Very Good
Edition First Edition
Publisher Boston (also New York) Lee and Shepard (also Charles T. Dillingham) 1885
Seller ID 004929
Oblong, 24.5 by 17 cm, 9.75 by 7.75 inches. Unpaginated, with sixteen chromolithographic plates, two with movable doors revealing things behind, and each of the plates accompanied by two text leaves, one carrying an apercu of verse from a famous poet and the other with a beauty hint or an allusion to some aspect of a woman's toilette. The book is a beautiful production, and while it fits squarely in the nineteenth century tradition of feminine gift books, it also stands apart from the genre in its shape, its focus, its tasteful arrangement of objects in the plates and then how the plates relate to the text. Arguably this is a gift book that can be viewed as a continuation of the then moribund emblem book tradition. Light wear to cloth by spine extremities and board corners. One chromo plate with edge roughness, tiny chip and repaired small closed tear. A light quarter sized edge dampstain on a few leaves. Flap edges tend to have minor wear.