A paradise of daintie devices. A collection of poems, songs, ballads.
by Various Hands.
New York: Imprinted [by the Press of Francis Hart & Co.] for Charles Pratt & Co. 8vo (20.6 cm; 8.125"). , 997,  pp.. Christmas, 1882 Promotional gift book created by Charles Pratt & Co. for "patrons of ours already, or shall become such hereafter" to celebrate the Christmas season (p. ). The text contains a variety of poems and songs some about Christmas, some not from Longfellow, Robert Burns, Edmund Clarence Stedman, Keats, and more. A surprising number of poems discuss death, and one from the Cottonian MS. beseeches women not to be "wilful wives." => Following the poetry section there is a series of advertisements for products such as Pratt's Astral Oil and double-deodorized benzine. This is an interesting, attractive little relic of an era when manufacturers of such humble products sought surprisingly often to associate themselves with Much Higher Things often going to real trouble and expense to do so!
Beige printed wrappers with "1888" written on the front cover in ink and a small pink stain at top edge; light age-toning.
(Inventory #: 36736)
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