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A. Alden, Barre, MA, 1835. Broadside, 21.5 by 18 inches framed under glass. A seven-figure image of the stages in a woman's life from one to ninety years of age by Albert Alden (1812-1883). Only three known copies in WorldCat at the Library of Congress, Williams College, and Duke University, with the American Antiquarian Society's copy being out of WorldCat. This particular copy is hand colored, which is quite rare (the AAS's copy is colored). The 30 year-old woman is on the highest step, when she is "at the height of her physical and intellectual powers." Age 18 is described as the "most critical stage" in a woman's life. At age 90 "we see all that remains of her who once tripped the light fantastic." Appears to be a companion to Alden's woodcut "The Life and Age of Man," ca. 1830 (Princeton University Main Catalog). Both illustrate 19th century conceptions of morality and gender roles, depicting the woman as nurturer and spiritual guide. Verse from the Old Testament book of Proverbs on the traits of the ideal woman cited. Featured is an illustration of a woman mentoring a young girl reading the Scriptures. Stained and creased with tears.
Bookseller: Oak Knoll Books, ABAA, ILAB [NEW CASTLE, DE, U.S.A.]
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