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Spring buds and ivy leaves.

1860, September 1-1861, January 1.
Physical Description:
1 v. (282 p.) : ill. ; 24 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
PN6245 .S67 1860
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Archives & Manuscripts
Bound in contemporary olive green half morocco and marbled boards.
Three issues of a privately produced periodical, in manuscript, intended for a family's entertainment, with written and illustrated contributions from numerous family members. The three issues, bound in one volume, each have a decorative watercolor title page, variously dated September 1st 1860, November 1st 1860, and January 1st 1861. For each issue, the leaf following the title page records a list of contributors; their numbers range from 14 (Sept. 1) to 19 (Jan. 1), with multiple members of the Warner, Westlake, Capper, Compton, and Chandler families. The introduction to the first issue notes "this is the beginning of our second volume"; the first three numbers "we have had bound in one volume, and we intend sending it to a friend & cousin in British Columbia who I hope will at some time become a contributor ...". The final two issues in the present volume are partially thematic: the November issue on storms, the January issue on Christmas.
The text includes poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction, plus occasional riddles or enigmas, all original. Example titles include: "Meditations in a railway train," "Bound for Rotterdam," "Sketch of an ancient hospital for the poor," "Con amore," "On conversation," "Our omnibuses," "Farewell to the River Avon," "The Negro's wail," "The soul a spiritual seed," "British Columbia, from our own correspondent, Fort Simpson," "The morning ramble, taken from the German," and "Christmas at Chary's cottage." All writings are originally unsigned; at a later date, authorship for some of the pieces has been noted in graphite. The editor is unidentified.
Floral and botanical compositions, in watercolor, decorate the title page of each issue. The first issue has, grouped at the end, three sketches in pencil depicting lines from poetry, along with a pen-and-ink sketch titled "Going out to tea, Aug. 1860," depicting a group of children sheltering under umbrellas. Beginning in the second issue, illustrations are integrated with corresponding texts. A pen-and-ink sketch of a mourning family around a deathbed accompanies "The Negro's wail." The section of writings on storms is accompanied by illustrations of the same, including a series of four watercolors and three sketches in pen and ink. All of the illustrations in the third issue are on a Christmas theme, including watercolors of a shepherd and his flock in the snow, a Christmas pudding, and a hearthside scene; graphite sketches of a stout pig, and a young lady playing the piano; and pen and ink drawings of a man giving a toast, a young boy peddling misletoe, and the arrival of Christmas pudding at the dinner table. All of the illustrations have been composed on separate pieces of paper and affixed to pages of the notebook. All illustrations are unsigned. Several of the simpler sketches appear to be by children.
Subject Terms:
Christmas fiction.
Christmas in art.
Storms in art.
Storms in literature.
Manuscript magazines.
Children's magazines.
Botanical illustrations.
Children's art.
Graphite drawings.
Ink drawings.

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