Christmas, 1882 · New York
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)