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Miniature Monday!

Little Key of Heaven: a selection of prayers and devotional exercises [,] with the approval of the most Rev. Archbishop of Milwaukee. Milwaukee: Hoffman Brothers Company, Printers to the Holy Apostolic See: 1893

This book is interesting for several reasons.  First of all, the binding is made of a hard, shiny material, which could possibly be some type of bone or enamel, which served both protective and aesthetic purposes.  There is an inscription on the recto of the front end sheet which reads: “Remembrance of first holy communion at St. Mary’s Church [,] Carlyle, Ills. April 17.1898”  Furthermore, someone went to town with a crayon or pencil on both the front and back end sheets, possibly the recipient of the book.  The book contains the dates of church festivals, the mass in both Latin and English, the mass for the dead, information on saints as well as daily prayers.  Working with rare books, I often encounter books of hours and other personal devotion books from the middle ages.  These books are important personal artifacts from a time hundreds of years in the past; information in them can give clues about who owned the book, where they lived, and what life was like in that place and time.  Seeing this one from the end of the 19th century reminded me that the tradition of personal devotional texts has carried on, and is not only relegated to the middle ages.  Just another way that studying books helps link us to the past, and clarifies our moment in the present :)

Little Key of Heaven: a selection of prayers and devotional exercises [,] with the approval of the most Rev. Archbishop of Milwaukee. Milwaukee: Hoffman Brothers Company, Printers to the Holy Apostolic See: 1893.  Charlotte Smith Miniatures Collection, Uncatalogued

See all of our Miniature Monday posts here

See more of our miniature devotional texts here, here, and here for just a taste of what we have!

-Laura H. 

michaelmoonsbookshop:

Poisonous Noxious, and Suspected Plants of our fields and woods
Anne Pratt c1855

michaelmoonsbookshop:

Poisonous Noxious, and Suspected Plants of our fields and woods

Anne Pratt c1855

There are moments, when you’re getting to know someone, when you realize something deep and buried in you is deep and buried in them too. It feels like meeting a stranger you’ve known your whole life.

— Leah Raeder (via greeneyedsiren)

allthejubilees:

off-with-the-faeries:

Source
~Realm of the Fae~

(( vandrysse!)) 
The book which arrives, loving wrapped in leather to keep out the damp and cold, is no longer than a woman’s hand. The note within, written in flourishing letters, is very clearly from the elven woman in the north.
                Dear Mrs. Thorley,
Pardon my Common, if there are mistakes, it is because I do not remember much of the traders’ language. It is traditional for my people to give a bride something she does not have, or does not know. Here I give you something that is both. In this book you will find all of my father’s recipes. I have had this copy translated as best I could. There are some items you may not find in the south, so please to contact me, and I will send. 
I am not longer a baker, but I have much baker’s pride. It would be a tradgedy to not pass on my family’s legacy. So, I pass it in part to you, and in part to your customers. You may find some tr—Quel’dorei will enjoy them. 
(the recipe for nimish is my favorite, but that is a sort of… pudding.That is probably the incorrect word.)
Also, find enclosed the spell for animated marzipan, which is my speciality.
Happy marriage to you. Many happy years. 
Your friend,
Rosefica A.Riverglint

Dear Mrs. Riverglint,
I wish that I knew the right words to say just how honored I am that you chose to give to me such a wonderful gift. It will be treasured and looked after and - most importantly - used. Thank you, also, for the animated marzipan spell, though I am afraid Mr. Thorley may be cursing my name as Hallow’s End draws near!
I know that we will have many happy years ago, and your well wishes are greatly appreciated.
We both hope that you are doing well and in good health. Until next time, take care!
Warm regards,
Vandy

allthejubilees:

off-with-the-faeries:

Source

~Realm of the Fae~

(( vandrysse!)) 

The book which arrives, loving wrapped in leather to keep out the damp and cold, is no longer than a woman’s hand. The note within, written in flourishing letters, is very clearly from the elven woman in the north.

                Dear Mrs. Thorley,

Pardon my Common, if there are mistakes, it is because I do not remember much of the traders’ language. It is traditional for my people to give a bride something she does not have, or does not know. Here I give you something that is both. In this book you will find all of my father’s recipes. I have had this copy translated as best I could. There are some items you may not find in the south, so please to contact me, and I will send.

I am not longer a baker, but I have much baker’s pride. It would be a tradgedy to not pass on my family’s legacy. So, I pass it in part to you, and in part to your customers. You may find some tr—Quel’dorei will enjoy them.

(the recipe for nimish is my favorite, but that is a sort of… pudding.That is probably the incorrect word.)

Also, find enclosed the spell for animated marzipan, which is my speciality.

Happy marriage to you. Many happy years.

Your friend,

Rosefica A.Riverglint

Dear Mrs. Riverglint,

I wish that I knew the right words to say just how honored I am that you chose to give to me such a wonderful gift. It will be treasured and looked after and - most importantly - used. Thank you, also, for the animated marzipan spell, though I am afraid Mr. Thorley may be cursing my name as Hallow’s End draws near!

I know that we will have many happy years ago, and your well wishes are greatly appreciated.

We both hope that you are doing well and in good health. Until next time, take care!

Warm regards,

Vandy

coffeeandlight:

≫ Early situation.
Fyrsta by Ólafur Arnalds. #VSCOcam #stilllife

coffeeandlight:

≫ Early situation.

Fyrsta by Ólafur Arnalds.
#VSCOcam #stilllife

vaishino said: He needed knee surgery after the honeymoon? Jeeze Vandy what’d you do to him?

Not telling!

<_< >_>

You are made
out of comets
and stars.

Do not surround
yourself with those
that treat you like
dirt and dust.

Noor Shirazie (via thatkindofwoman)

victoriousvocabulary:

CRUCIBLE
[noun] 
1. a container of metal or refractory material employed for heating substances to high temperatures.
2. Metallurgy: a hollow area at the bottom of a furnace in which the metal collects.
3. a severe, searching test or trial.
Etymology: from late Middle English crusible, corusible &lt; Mediaeval Latin crūcibulum, “night lamp”.
[J. Slattum - Crucible]

victoriousvocabulary:

CRUCIBLE

[noun]

1. a container of metal or refractory material employed for heating substances to high temperatures.

2. Metallurgy: a hollow area at the bottom of a furnace in which the metal collects.

3. a severe, searching test or trial.

Etymology: from late Middle English crusible, corusible < Mediaeval Latin crūcibulum, “night lamp”.

[J. Slattum - Crucible]