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BRIDAL SILVER AND WEDDING CUSTOMS; Rare advertising booklet

BRIDAL SILVER AND WEDDING CUSTOMS; Rare advertising booklet, personalized and with letter laid in

Post, Emily First edition. Rare copy of a book written and produced expressly for advertising purposes "at the request of Towle Silversmiths." The contents are drawn from Post's famed "Blue Book," ETIQUETTE, to which have been added "several interesting new suggestions about the selection of the bride's most precious possession--her sterling silver" (from the foreword). OCLC records only 3 copies in libraries, none of which are noted as personalized. This particular copy is personalized for "Miss Kathryn Clark" with her name printed at the base of the front cover and includes a "personal" letter from Emily Post. The letter appears to have been typewritten on the outside pages of a half-sheet of Bolton onionskin (folded once to make 4 pages) and is embossed on upper left corner of first page with stylized version of Post's name in blue. We presume the letter itself was printed and that only the date ("March 27, 1931"), salutation ("Dear Miss Clark"), and Clark's full name and Boston address, which appear after the close of the letter, were actually typed. It would appear the letter has been signed by Post though we presume her signature is a printed one. All of which demonstrates the elaborate nature of this particular piece of advertising. 5 x 7.5" stapled wraps printed in black and pink on front cover and throughout. 27 pages, including 2 pages on which to make "A Wedding Gift Record of Sterling." Profusely illustrated with drawings and photographs. Topics include "New Ways of Choosing Sterling," "Your Sterling Pattern Should Express YOU," "The Economy of Solid Silver," etc. Mild wear to covers of book and light crease to letter from folding, otherwise fine.
THE COLLECTED WORKS OF AMBROSE BIERCE: Volumes I - XII; Though not called for

THE COLLECTED WORKS OF AMBROSE BIERCE: Volumes I – XII; Though not called for, all twelve volumes signed by Bierce

Bierce, Ambrose First edition. Twelve volumes, EACH ONE SIGNED BY BIERCE. Contents same as limited issue of 250 numbered copies which were signed in volume one only. This set "compliments of" page signed by Bierce in each volume. One of an undisclosed number of copies presumably intended for the use of the publisher and/or author. Each volume BEAUTIFULLY BOUND in three-quarter brown leather with burgundy cloth sides; spines with gilt-stamped raised bands, 4 elaborately gilt-tooled panels with center fleuron, 2 gilt-lettered panels (author and volume number in one, titles in the other), and, at the bottom, "SPECIAL AUTOGRAPH COPY" between gilt rules; page top edges gilt; pale blue marbled endpapers. From the collection of Willard S. Morse, with his bookish bookplate in each and, tipped to rear pastedown, the "Morse Collection" printed card with handwritten notes to each volume. Volume 2 with signature of Grant E. Bell and date (1938) at bottom of Morse's bookplate and short, penciled quote (from p.76) on verso of first blank leaf. Volume VI is outwardly fine however it appears to have been singed and then dampened on page fore edges resulting in discoloration and some loss at margins; which is too bad because otherwise this is a near fine set with only scattered foxing to page fore edges of a few volumes and the occasional corner rub. Vintage typewritten index to contents of all volumes is laid in. "SPECIAL AUTOGRAPH COPIES"