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Rare Easter book Heaven and Earth half tone engravings p. 1889
An antiphon is a response sung in a chant by two choirs. This particular antiphon was published at Easter time during 1889 and was, we conjecture, to be sung during Easter Service. The center title medallion is Celluloid with silver and gold writing. You'll notice facsimiles of watercolor drawings of butterflies and a spider web which were done by Susie Barstow Skelding. The spine has the original gold flecked cord to hold the book together.
This 19th Century book was well received when it was first published. The author is Edith Matilda Thomas who was a well known writer at the time of verse and had many works published. The illustrations were done by William St. John Harper who was a painter, etcher, and teacher. St. John Harper exhibited at the National Academy of Design, New York Etching Club and the Pan-American Expo, Buffalo (prize), 1901.
The Magazine of American History described this particular work with "..the text is exquisitely by half-tone engravings after original designs, as, for instance, "The Guardian of the Lillies" and the "Seraph Child of Rapture". You'll see both of these beautiful illustrations in our pictures.
We are very proud to offer this piece of American Christian literature. Although this item is delicate, it still shows great beauty and artwork from the 19th Century and we know you will be especially pleased. This is an original copy and as such shows some age related issues. The cover especially which has missing corners and a tear. The pages do show foxing and again some wear to the corners. It is a very delicate item and one that we are trying not to handle too much.
The booklet measures 11 1/2 inches long and 7 inches wide.
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Vicki Smith-Drysdale, Hamlin, NY
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