A medley of images with a portrait of John Gay; half length, to the right, wearing a cap and plain jacket; in oval; in a medley of prints, set on background of a letter; the prints titled ‘The Spell’, ‘The Judgement’, and ‘Bumkinet’s Advice’; two further panels, one with a coin of George II, the other lettered ‘A new Deceptio Visus. Engrav’d and sold by Geo. Bickham, in London’ [part of address erased].
Bound in contemporary crimson straight-grain morocco, gilt edges, by Taylor & Hessey; with fore-edge paintings of Windsor Castle (v. 1) and Strawberry Hill (v. 2). Both volumes with the signatures of Miss Mt. Rigden on first blank.
Author: Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744.
Title: The poetical works of Alexander Pope / with his life by Samuel Johnson, LL.D.
Published: London : Printed by Whittingham and Rowland, Goswell Street, for Sharpe and Hailes, opposite Albany, Piccadilly, 1811.
A large cotton handkerchief printed with red ink (madder); the drop head title is printed on a ribbon suspended between two trumpets and is divided after the word ’valentine’ by a portrait of Pope. The central cartouche shows three scenes of courtship and is encircled by a knotted ribbon, every other loop in a heart-shape, and contains the lines beginning: I liked you best for true love it is a precious pleasure of a value more than rich mens treasure … The lines of a love song telling the story of the courtship and marriage of Johnny and Mary are printed in the ribbons flowing on either side of the title ribbon. Along the bottom are two more scenes — one of the betrothal, the other the wedding — with two love birds in a small cartouche dividing the two scenes.
Detail from handkerchief
Print on cotton : etching, madder ; 61 x 67 cm
Subjects (Library of Congress): Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744–Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.); Couples; Courtship; Cupids; Marriage; Valentines; and Songs.
Lewis Walpole Library new acquisition: March, 2009