New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1884. Beige cloth stamped in gold and brown. 8vo. 8" x 6-1/4". 320 pp. All edges gilt. A little fraying at spine ends. Corner tips slightly rubbed. Front end paper splitting along gutter but hinge is firm. Item #335
"See how full literature is of man's admiration of women!" "Is it so full? I remember many bitter things about women." "You will find, my dear young lady, that ill-natured comments in literature about women are merely as specks upon fruit. The picture of woman as painted by our poets, for instance, fairly transcends in splendor everything else in the world of letters." " Why not have a sort of reading club?" said Mr. Bluff. Let us meet weekly and each of us bring the best he can find about woman - all that exalts her, that glorifies her, that sets forth her charms, her liveliness, her virtues - in brief, all her perfections." Thus began the search for all the best poetry pertaining to women in the English language. "A Gorgious Gallery of Gallant Inventions, garnished and decked with divers dayntie devices, right delicate and delightfull, to recreate eche modest minde withall."