The Messenger Bird. [Friendship Album, published c. 1850s with 1859–1882 entries].
The Messenger Bird. [Friendship Album, published c. 1850s with 1859–1882 entries].
The Messenger Bird. [Friendship Album, published c. 1850s with 1859–1882 entries].

The Messenger Bird. [Friendship Album, published c. 1850s with 1859–1882 entries].


Friendship album kept by Sallie J. Elliott during the years 1859 to 1882, likely before and after her marriage. Entries, which can be light at times and where they are datelined, are mainly from Pennsylvania and Maryland, with a few from Ohio or New York. There are several entries from Colora, Maryland, 1878–1882—likely after Elliott’s marriage, possibly suggesting a connection with West Nottingham Academy there.

The album is distinguished by is complex binding of gilt and blind stamping with added gilt stamped colored paper onlays in blue green, yellow, and white.


Description: The Messenger Bird. [Friendship Album, published c. 1850s with 1859–1882 entries].

New York: Leavitt & Allen [c. 1850s]. Frontispiece, engraved title leaf, [41]ff. + [2] engraved plates. Friendship Album. 7¾ x 6¼ inches. Green ribbed cloth with blind and gilt decorations and applied gilt-stamped, colored paper decorations; variously colored text leaves; tissue guards; all edges gilt. Approx. 44 pages with manuscript; not all leaves used. Binding cocked and with minor rubbing; lacking two paper decorations on spine; some creasing to tissue guards; one blank leaf with split; minor handling; close to very good.

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