Portraits were trimmed at margin edges when they were bound together - a pencil note remains (partially trimmed away) on the reverse corner of the first portrait stating 'make the picture.... in the middle of the le...' -- these were apparently instructions to the binder to trim the portraits such that the image was oriented in the center of the resulting leaf.
Numerous statesmen, religious officials, and members of society pictured, including: Bishops of the M.E. Church; Chateaubriand; William Penn; Leigh Hunt; George R. Graham; James Fenimore Cooper; Mary & William Hewitt; Jenny Lind; Zachary Taylor; Winfield Scott; Joseph Warren; Nathaniel Greene; Andrew Jackson; James K. Polk; Mrs. Polk; Millard Fillmore; Frank Pierce; James Buchanan; Jefferson Davis; Samuel Colt.
This would have been a useful reference for a member of society, a politician, or perhaps a merchant serving wealthy clients. The owner was either Cornelius Adams Parker, or Cornelius Arthur Parker, both of whom lived in Gouverneur in St. Lawrence County, New York. Foxed throughout. 1870. Good/No Jacket. (Inventory #: 2195455)