Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fashionable Valentines

How do I address the one I love on this Valentine's Day? The question has haunted lovers for ages, but luckily, we are here to help with Richardson's New London Fashionable Gentleman's Valentine Writer, or, the Lover's Own Book for this Year Containing a Very Choice Selection of Original and Popular Valentines with Appropriate Answers (Derby: Thomas Richardson, 183-) and the companion piece: Richardson's New Fashionable Lady's Valentine Writer, or, Cupid's Festival of Love Containing All the Most Popular New and Elegant Valentines for the Present Year (Derby: Thomas Richardson, 183-).

Whether you are a humble cottager or a man of wealth, the proper verse (and response) is "adapted to all situations in life." Love, apparently, knows class.

Come in and find your valentine's voice: for "the gentlemen," Rare PN6110.V35 R5, or, serving "the ladies," PN6110.V35 R53 1830z.

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