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Cherished Memory Book
Probably New England. Ribbon, human hair, and ink in a hand-made paper book bound with ribbon, the paper bearing the mark of CONGRESS PARSONS C_. Dates range from 1836 to 1862. This little book is a terrific example of an art form known as Memory or Friendship Books, which were cherished tokens of family, love, and friendship exchanged by early Americans. The unadorned cover protects four pages of decorative entries, delicately crafted and remaining in remarkable condition. About 4 3/4 inches tall x 3 wide. See Expressions of Innocence and Eloquence, Selections from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana, pp. 85-101 for related and similar examples, and a thorough discussion of the importance of these books in 19th century America.
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