Declaration of love to Gertrude Bachman
Double sheet with scalloped border. The 1st page bears a small poem, half hidden by that first volume of the Art of Love (probably meant is Ovid’s Ars Amatoria), which folds back. Framing the whole is a layer of embossed die cut lace, made of white coated & gilt paper, & adorned with small pieces of red silk ribbons. The original envelope, with blind-tooled floral ornaments at the front, is joined.
310582 VALENTINES Whitney, Worcester, MA. ART OF LOVE VOL. I. Chromolith. 126x188 mm (envelope), 173x115 mm (card). Circa 1880.
The envelope bears the hand-written address of a Miss Gertrude Bachman, Columbia, PA.
Envelope: tears in the borders, small lack of paper at the front, & at the back flap (opening). Card: minimal defects, very good conservation.
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