Married Life. A Blessing to the Truly Married. [Pre-WWI dust jacket]
Wedding souvenir book with manuscript additions
Poetical and prose anthology of love, marriage and the married life, arranged and anthologized by a married woman. The slim volume, bound in nuptial white cloth, was published as a partly blank book, intended to be completed in manuscript as a wedding souvenir.
An engraved wedding certificate-like leaf bound into the book here records the marriage of a couple who wed in Philadelphia in 1912. At the end of the volume is a handwritten list of names of the wedding guests.
Women poets and authors represented within include Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Jean Ingelow, Mrs. Sigourney, Dinah Mulock Craik, Louisa C. Tuthill, “Mrs. Mary Howitt,” and the Countess of Gifford. Plus Sir Walter Scott, Henry W. Longfellow, and Washington Irving.
A treasured and well-preserved artifact, its pre-First World War dust jacket a rare survivor.
Description: Married Life. A Blessing to the Truly Married. [Pre-WWI dust jacket]
Philadelphia: The Griffith & Rowland Press, (1893) 1902. –4, [1 (certificate), 5–61, [3 (blank)]pp. 7½ x 5½ inches. Publisher’s white cloth with gilt titling and decoration on upper cover; all edges gilt; publisher’s illustrated dust jacket. Certificate and four partly printed leaves completed in manuscript. Very good dust jacket with some mottling, brief wear, and short closed tears; binding very good to near fine.