Continuing the gift book tradition begun in the mid 19th century, the gift books published in the first decade of the 20th century appeared on the market in the autumn, in time for the holiday season. They were filled with inspirational aphorisms and poetry, beautifully illustrated, intended to be given away rather than kept by the buyer. They became a lovely, relatively inexpensive keepsake or token of affection. Several publishing companies specialized in them, producing different series, and once you discover these little beauties you will come to recognize their publishers.
The Holiday Company in Buffalo, NY published GOOD CHEER in 1906. It is pocket size --5 1/4" x 6 1/2"--hardcover, paper over boards. It is composed of poems and adages from multiple authors including Lord Byron, Phillip Brooks, and Abraham Lincoln. The book is unpaginated with eight double spread pages that display a poem, saying or two surrounded by gold enhanced Art Nouveau motifs in the manner of an illuminated manuscript on one side and a full color lithograph of a spray with flowers or bucolic scene on the other.
The book covers show signs of age--light toning and wear. There is a chip on the edge of the front cover and rubs on the corners. The inside though is tight and fresh, ready to be shared with a new generation. Please examine the pictures and feel free to email me if you have any questions.
While you are here, do take a look at the other Edwardian gift book I have for sale right now. Thank you for visiting my shop today.
Good Cheer - An Edwardian Gift Book