Secondary Navigation

Valentine Poem Manuscript Book of a St. Louis World’s Fair Honeymoon 1907

$2,500.00

A memoir of a delayed honeymoon trip to the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, in which the husband, Giles R. Anderson recorded with ephemera and original photographs a documentary record of his honeymoon, how they travelled, what they saw and did, to be presented to his wife, first as a Christmas gift, but its delayed completion made it instead into a Valentine for 1907. An extraordinary narrative poem accompanies the documentary evidence of their trip, written out in rhyming stanzas.

Description

Anderson, Giles R., Some Scraps of Rhyme for My Dear Valentine. To Alice W. from Giles R. Anderson. Feb. 14, 1907. Oblong manuscript book, 27.5 cm x 36 cm, [2 blank leaves; 26 leaves, 52 pages, verso of p. 56 blank; 2 concluding blanks]. An album of heavy laid paper in immaculate condition, with heavier paper covers, the front cover of which is decorated with a birch-bark heart with the title and date. A memoir of a delayed honeymoon trip to the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, in which the husband, Giles R. Anderson recorded with ephemera and original photographs a documentary record of his honeymoon, how they travelled, what they saw and did, to be presented to his wife, first as a Christmas gift, but its delayed completion made it instead into a Valentine for 1907. An extraordinary narrative poem accompanies the documentary evidence of their trip, written out in rhyming stanzas. Large, full-page, color supplements from the New York World are tipped in and inner-lined. A record of Giles R. Anderson’s abiding love and devotion to his wife, as well as an extraordinary momento of the exhibits and events at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Condition fine.

Front cover showing the author-husband’s birchbark valentine pasted down.

Poetic description of the trip to St. Louis via Chicago, with a vintage photograph of Chicago in the lower right-hand corner.

 

A brief mention of the delayed honeymoon because of a death in the family, the start of the poem.

Photographs of the foreign pavilions.

Various ephemera from the World’s Fair and the trip there.

A stanza about the Japanese pavilion with ephemera and photographs.

 

Swatches of cloth his wife used to make him neckties.