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[ORIGINAL ARTWORK] The Coming Man A Tragedy
1859. Sewn binding. Brown wraps. Very good. Unpaginated, [8]. This extraordinary love missive, artfully illustrated, given to John Lemson Flagg on his 24th birthday - one year before his marriage to Ellen H. Brown - is inscribed on the front free end paper: John L. Flagg/From N.B./11 of September 1859. The question is, who was N.B.? We would assume a lovelorn lady, or a confidante of Mr. Flagg - the possibilities are endless. What we do know is - John L. Flagg was born on September 11, 1835 and this manuscript was given to him on September 11th, 1859 - a birthday present. Mr. Flagg went on to become a lawyer and mayor of Troy, NY. This story, told in seven captioned pen and ink drawings, is the work of an accomplished amateur, who displays their ingenious talent beginning with the title page; the lettering being created out of male and female figures (and one horse). The narrative that follows is a time-honored tale of a woman's love that is unrequited: Mr. Jones writes to say he is coming, our protagonist then practices Mr. Jones favorite songs, makes his favorite pudding, prepares a room, and takes pains to look splendid. We next see our lady waiting patiently at the window followed by the last drawing and caption stating: Mr. Jones writes to say he can't come! - illustrated by a weeping, crestfallen maiden left alone with a letter. Covers lightly chipped at edges, interior pages lightly toned.
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