SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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The Poetic Album.

The Poetic Album is a collection of “minor poems” (meaning shorter poems) by Tennyson, Browning, and Smith. The publisher, Hazard, thinks that the poems in the collection were selected by “a lady of taste” - a word choice that suggests that purchasing this album could be a way of asserting one’s own gentility.

Philadelphia: Willis P. Hazard, 1854.
Philadelphia: Willis P. Hazard, 1854.

Book Condition: Very Good +. 8vo. (6" x 8 1/2"). 336pp. Containing the poems of Alfred Tennyson, Mrs. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Alexander Smith with eight hand colored portrait plates of fashionable women. Bound in full red morocco with decoration stamped in blind to boards, raised bands with compartments stamped in blind, title, and publisher in gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Some scattered foxing and with outer margins with finger soiling, inner front hinge splitting but quite sturdy. An excellent copy. Coloured plates in order: 1. Young lady with her hair in fashionable ringlets. 2. Beautiful portrait of a lady with flowers in her hair. 3. Young lady with long hair in ringlets in a pretty light blue dress. 4. Lovely portrait of a lady with a pendant around her neck. 5. Attractive portrait of a lady with a band and a flower in her hair. She is also holding flowers in her hand. 6. A pretty young lady with brown curly hair about her shoulders. 7. As above. 8. Attractive young lady with brown hair in ringlets, wearing a green dress.