Boston & Cleveland: Damrell, Moore, G. Coolidge and John P. Jewett, [ 1856]. 128pp. including four full-page wood-engraved illustrations with green-tinted backgrounds plus twenty pages of advertisements, primarily illustrated, before and after the text. 16mo. Original red publisher's cloth, stamped in blind and gilt, a.e.g. Spine worn at top and bottom. Front and rear pastedowns are both advertisements with gold printing on red paper. Modern booksellers tickets pasted on front and rear pastedown. Four additional pages of advertisements printed in gold on red paper. Wood engraved illustrated titlepage with background tinted green. Six additional wood engraved illustrations in text with green-tinted backgrounds. Textblock moderately sprung. A very good copy. Item #WRCAM37622
A rare edition of this handsomely produced mid-19th-century almanac published for women. The first fifty-two pages of the volume are devoted to the year 1857. Each month includes a calendar with solar and lunar information for northern, middle, and southern states; a page for daily memoranda; and text (including anniversaries, events, and maxims) specific for each month. Four months (January, April, July, and October) also include full-page wood engraved illustrations with the background tinted light green. The remainder of the volume has a variety of brief reading selections with topics including household economy, woman's sphere in modern life, marriage, gardening, the aesthetics of dress, and literary questions. The illustrated advertisements found before and after the text promote a wide range of Boston commercial establishments. These include a bookstore, a wood engraver, and stores for French and American paper-hangings, furniture, and sewing machines. Four of these advertisements are strikingly printed in gold on red paper, as are the advertisements on the front and rear pastedowns. A rare lady's almanac from the mid-1800s; OCLC records a single copy. OCLC 46680535.