Hartford and Berea: E.B & E.C. Kellogg, 1841. Cardboard covers. Complete with title page and 19 leaves, each featuring one or more moveable flaps that, when raised, reveal a commendable quality. 19 of the original 21 flaps are present. Card covers; sound binding. Minor wear; some foxing. Dampstain to the title-page and first four leaves. The pages of this children’s behavior book show illustrations of objects found on a young woman’s dressing table. Surprises occur when flaps on the pages are raised and it becomes clear that the label does not address the physical item, but rather describes an underlying quality or trait. For example, “A wash to smooth wrinkles” becomes “contentment.” And “Fine lip salve” is “cheerfulness.” Some of the items relate to study and work: two earrings reveal “attention” and “retention” along with the advice, “With these clear drops appended to the ear / instructive lessons you will hear,” and an “Invaluable pair of bracelets” turn out to be “industry” and “perseverance.”. Very good. Item #008958
Toilet books were a 19th century genre of movable books, the first of which, simply titled The Toilet, was illustrated by miniaturist William Grimaldi and published in London in 1821. Rather scarce. As of 2017 no other examples of this title are for sale in the trade, although a number are held by institutions. Five examples, in varied conditions, have been sold at auction in the past sixty years.