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A Father's Legacy to His Daughters, published by Charles Wells in New York City, ca. 1836-1847; reprint of Dr. John Gregory's book, first published in Great Britain. A Father's
Legacy

In the introduction Gregory writes to his daughters: "The anxiety I have for your happiness has made me resolve to throw together my sentiments relating to your future conduct in life. If I live for some years, you will receive them with much greater advantage, suited to your different geniuses and dispositions."

This charming little book is described in Robert C. Bradbury's Antique United States Miniature Books 1690-1900 as "likely the first American miniature book directed at the customer who appreciated fine bindings. This contrasts to the utilitarian bindings of most miniature books at this time."

There are almost 400 miniature books in the Society's collection. Over the years, the size for inclusion in the collection has been arbitrary, but current policy is to limit the height to 75mm, slightly less than 3 inches.

Purchased on the Emma Forbes Waite Fund, November 2001. Miss Waite, a staff member of the Society, died in 1970 at the age of 95. She was curator of maps and prints and was particularly interested in lithographs. In her will she left money to AAS for the purchase of miniature books.

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