Very good. No dust jacket as issued. High quality text paper. Qtr-inch cover hole through fabric in front spine fold. Black cloth over boards, 4 horizontal gold lines, 'Memorial' in gold on cover. 2 p. l., -146 p., 21 cm. Steel engraving portrait frontispiece of subject. Brown repeat-pattern scallop end papers. Born in Candia NH, 1822, and wed at age 22 to her childhood friend, Frederick Smyth (1819-1899), Emily Lane Smyth was a teacher, knowledgeable in business, a gardener, a hostess for her husband's public affairs visitors, a world traveler, and a charity worker. Following her January 1885 death to Bright's Disease, letters of condolance came from far and near, including from the Secretary of the Navy, the Henry Ward Beechers, Mary A Livermore, and many more. All are included here, with an account of her life and comments by her minister. This is an original Memorial volume with a full page steel engraving of Emily Lane Smyth, from a photo taken at 'The Willows', Feb. 20, 1882, with her facsimile signature beneath, protected by tissue.
Hbk 146pp brown cloth embossed boards with gilt titles and decoration upper front corner bumped with some loss of the cloth top of spine beginning to fray but otherwise both boards and gilding are bright and clean (now in custom acetate jacket) INSCRIBED by Governor Frederick Smyth to Moses Dudley Bean on first free endpaper portrait frontis of Emily Smyth with tissue guard altogether a very good clean tight unmarked copy of this piece of New Hampshire political history.
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