1830s-1840s - A young woman’s album amicorum, i.e., her book of friends or friendship book. Lydia Orcutt.
1830s-1840s - A young woman’s album amicorum, i.e., her book of friends or friendship book
1830s-1840s - A young woman’s album amicorum, i.e., her book of friends or friendship book
1830s-1840s - A young woman’s album amicorum, i.e., her book of friends or friendship book
1830s-1840s - A young woman’s album amicorum, i.e., her book of friends or friendship book
1830s-1840s - A young woman’s album amicorum, i.e., her book of friends or friendship book

1830s-1840s - A young woman’s album amicorum, i.e., her book of friends or friendship book

Album. This red leather-bound album with debossed gilt decorations measures 6.5”x8”. Its owner’s name, Lydia Orcutt, is debossed in gilt in the center of the front cover. Unpaginated but about 125 pages. The endpapers are present and its hinges are sound. The text block fore-edge is ; it is possible that some pages or signatures may have loosened and been tipped back into place. Almost every page has an entry made by one of Lydia’s friends or relatives. The earliest that I noted is from 1832 and the latest is from 1845.

One the first entries enjoins Lydia to

“See to your book young lady; let it be An index to your life; each page be pure, By vanity uncolored by vice unspotted; Cheerful be each modest leaf. . ..”

And another advises

“In joyous time , when on our hearts Prosperity its influence sheds, ‘Tis Friendship gives the sweetest zest, And with most pleasure moves the heart. . ..”

Some are personal notes, both long and short,

“Dear Lydia, In complying with the request to contribute something for your album, I find some little delicacy & some hesitation as to my subject. The delicacy I feel arises from my inability to write any thing which may be worthy a place in a book of this kind. Albums are usually filled with expressions of friendship & love, fine effusions of poetry, &c. But, pardon me Dear Lydia if I deviate from the usual custom & inscribe this page a memento in which you may trace the expression of my best wished that you may enjoy an eternity of blessedness. . ..”

Several pages include hand-painted decorations and one friend attached a lock of her hair.

"Accept this hair dear friend From fond affection given Never may our friendship end On earth or in Heaven."

. Very good. Item #009888

An excellent example of a 19th century friendship album.

Price: $250.00

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