“The Snow Storm: A Christmas Story”

Red cover with gold inlay illustration and text reading: "The Snow Storm: A Christmas Story by Mrs. Gore"

In 1840, Catherine Grace Frances Gore published The Snow Storm, A Christmas Story under the name Mrs. Gore. She was a prolific “silver fork writer” who chronicled the lives of the upper class and aristocracy.

Text reading: "The Snow Storm, A Christmas Story. by Mrs. Gore with illustrations by Geo. Cruikshank

Here is a signature from the first owner, Miss M. Brown. Later owner, F. S. Bradburn looks to be a rare book collector and has a connection with emeritus professor, Dr. Robert Patten, who helped the Woodson acquire books for the Cruikshank rare book collection from which the book comes.

Right handwriting reads: Miss M. Brown, Christmas 1941.

This 2nd edition of her book dedicated to her son contains illustrations by George Cruikshank.

Dedication to Augustus Frederick Wentworth Gore. Accept, my dear boy, as a Christmas gift, a story written at your request, and expressly for your amusement, by your affectionate mother, C.F.G.
Frontispiece reads: "Old Reveley bringing forward Charley Ribston. P 230."
Frontispiece reads: “Old Reveley bringing forward Charley Ribston. P 230.”
Text reads: "'My own work Grandfather may it bring you a merry Christmas.' P. 91."
Text reads: “‘My own work Grandfather may it bring you a merry Christmas.’ P. 91.”
Text reads: "'This is the place I spoke of my Lady.' P 125."
Text reads: “‘This is the place I spoke of my Lady.’ P 125.”

While it might only be me, I really love the advertisements for books by the publisher. It seems like there a lot of coffee table books listed. Fisher’s Drawing-Room Scrap Book is available via Harvard via the Hathi Trust.

List of books published by Fisher, and Son & Co.
List of books published by Fisher, and Son & Co.

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