My Lady’s Toilette.
Shepherd, Catharine.

Philadelphia: C.H. Graves Company, 1911. First edition, a facsimile of the original manuscript that consists of a series of illustrations, designed and executed by the author, and presented to her niece. The title page notes that the original, “which is a treasured heirloom, is yellow with Twenty-color illustrations of jewelry, flowers, and containers with a hinged flap, which, when lifted, reveals a different virtue (i.e. “modesty,” “good humour,” “contentment”). A near fine copy in the original very good glassine dust jacket with a few small chips and a single, closed tear, scarce in the very good original publisher’s gift box that has some light wear and very minor soiling. Twenty-color illustrations of jewelry, flowers, and containers with a hinged flap, which, when lifted, reveals a different virtue (i.e. “modesty,” “good humour,” “contentment”). Twentyfourmo (5.25” [22] ff. printed on heav (Item ID: 16600)

$275.00

We were unable to learn much information about the Catharine Shepherd from the resources available to us, though OCLC gives her dates as 1788-1848. Each leaf of My Lady’s Toilette contains rhyming verses telling of an attribute that is becoming to a proper young woman. On the manuscript title-page, Shepherd writes, “My Lady’s Toilette: Whose adorning let it not be that outward / adorning of wearing of gold but let it be even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit which is in the sight of God of great price” (f. [3]).

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