ENGLISH FRIENDSHIP and SCRAP ALBUM. Here is the personal volume of a well-to-do English lady, elegantly decorated with nearly 100 sides of incredible content. Pasted within it's pages are many early chromolithographic illustrations, floral die cuts, engravings and cutouts, a handful of very fine pencil sketches (some on embossed / perforated cards), and about 70 individual preserved specimens of oceanic moss and seaside ferns. Includes 64 multi-colored paper leaves (128 sides) in light blue, pale yellow, white, natural brown, and soft pink.
Most sides decorated, with a few blank sides sparsely arranged throughout. Contains many pages of brilliant poetry, verse and prose from a handful of contibutors. Earliest entry dated to the 9th of April, 1855; latest entry dated 23rd July, 1863.Marked locations include London and Islington. Volume fully bound in beautiful tooled leather with floral scrolling. Published by Wm & Hy Rock, London. No indication of original owner, although a few entries are signed by members of the Grimsey family, which may indicate ties to ownership.
This album was assembled by a very skilled hand, and stands as a superior example of 19th century aesthetic and tradition. The collecting and preserving of sea moss specimens for album display became a very popular past-time during the Victorian era, especially for young ladies.
It not only allowed an individual to connect with the natural world on a personal level, but also served as a revered social achievement (considering the skill that was involved in collecting, pressing, preserving and arranging the specimens). This album is undoubtedly one of the finest examples I have seen of it's kind. Measures approximately 9" x 7.5" inches (x 1.5). FOR MORE QUALITY ALBUMS PLEASE CHECK MY OTHER LISTINGS! All items offered are stored in a temperature controlled, pet and smoke free environment.All items are genuine antique or vintage unless otherwise stated. All descriptions are offered as accurately as possible. Additional photos and measurements always available upon request. I encourage potential buyers to ask questions about items of interest. Should you feel the desire to return an item, please contact within 14 days after receiving your item in order to discuss your return.
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To return customers and new alike, your business is greatly appreciated. The item "RARE 19th C Victorian Scrap Album Scrapbook Seaweed Specimens Antique Herbarium" is in sale since Wednesday, May 30, 2018. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "brother_junk_216" and is located in Cleveland, Ohio. This item can be shipped to United States.