New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1897.
Hardcover. If you’re searching for the perfect words with which to describe your lady love, look no further! Within these ivy-strewn covers you’ll find a poem for seemingly any and every woman’s name on the streets of New York or London at the turn of the century. In fact, as the compiler writes in his preface, "It was intended that every name by English woman borne shold be represented," as many as the limitations of page and poem did allow. From A to Z, from Ada to Zara, this "novelty in the field of cyclopaedias and anthologies of poetry" holds poems for over 275 names in its age-softened pages, including such classics as Beatrice (poem by Dante), Juliet (poem by Shakespeare), Evangeline (by Longfellow), Frances (by Edgar Allan Poe), and many more. Tennyson alone supplies poems for Edith, Elaine, and Eleanore! This is such a unique little anthology, pocket-size and ever-ready, perfect for serenading, baby-names, and party-tricks.
6 1/2" X 4 1/2". xx, 394pp, plus two pages of ads. Taupe cloth over boards, with grape vines stamped in green and gold to upper board and spine and lettered in gilt. Mild wear to binding, with some light soiling to cloth and bumping to corners. Top edge gilt. Deckled fore-edge. Front hinge a touch tender. Binding remains firm and sound. Toning to endpapers. Pages are clean and unmarked. Monochrome frontispiece portrait of a young woman, with printed tissue-guard. Very good. Item #5709