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Girl's Autograph Album
[no place]: 1919-1946. Oblong octavo. Full vellum album with gilt titles, decorations, and page edges measuring 7" x 8". Illustrated. Slightly bowed with rubbing on the board, near fine. A beautifully bound and extensively illustrated autograph album of a girl identified only as "Clarice" with most of the entries dated between 1919 and 1920 and a few marked 1946. Throughout the nearly completed album are handwritten poems and elaborate illustrations, most are signed and dated, along with some items pasted in from cards and magazines to Clarice from her various acquaintances. The artwork, mostly pen and ink and watercolors, range in skill with most being quite good, depict detailed images of butterflies, women, and even Christchurch Priory in England. Poetry is also written out, a lot of it about war including the famous WWI poem, "In Flander's Field;" memories, "the past is a closed volume, the present an open book the future endless pages;" and of course the comedians, "I cannot paint, I cannot draw, and I am not a poet. So all that I can say in here is "thank the Lord I know it." There are also humorous cartoon drawings of animals and silly looking men and caricatures as well as fairy tale characters such as the goose girl and Repunzel. A beautifully illustrated and intriguing representations of friendships and life in 1920s England.
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Last Found On: 2014-10-02           Check availability:      Direct From Bookseller    

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