Detroit: F. B. Dickerson & Co., 1883.
First Edition. Hardcover. From the "science of common things" to the skeletonizing of autumn leaves, from home decoration to historical dates, from the writing of letters to the care of canaries and far, far beyond, this gilt-adorned 1883 tome is truly the "epitome of the choicest gems of wisdom, history, reference and recreation" that its title boasts. Subjects include home decoration and crafts, many of which have to do with leaves and flowers--preserving, skeletonizing, preparing, bleaching, printing, embalming, and more, the care of canaries and the culture of plants, valuable recipes, and window gardening, as well as American history, great events, geographical discoveries, scientific basics, as well as letters of affection, congratulation, and condolence by eminent persons including the twenty-one Presidents, all abundantly illustrated throughout in 70 illustrations ranging from vignettes to full-page plates, as well as numerous charming headpieces, tailpieces, and decorative initials. Whether your interest is first drawn to "the science of letter writing" or the creation of "phantom bouquets," we're certain you'll find yourself enjoying the friendly and eclectic tutelage of this 19th century tome for the home, which promises that "all who peruse carefully the following pages will profit by the instructions, and find opened up to them a new field of thoguht, with incentives to more active work, and a greater love for the pretty fancies and useful study and recreations which will gild the days and evenings while gathered at the home circle..."
8 1/2" X 6 3/4". 507pp. Bound in full hunter green cloth over boards, with bright decorative gilt lettering and floral decoations in black to title and spine. Moderate wear to binding, with bumping to extremities and light scattered rubbing and scratching to rear board. Front hinge a touch tender; binding remains sound and square. Light scattered foxing to preliminaries, else pages are clean and unmarked. Illustrated in 70 vignettes, as well as numerous charming headpieces, tailpieces, and decorative initials. Very good. Item #8179