Jaques, D. H. [editor]. The Beautiful Gift: or Poetry for the Affections. Lowell: Milton Bonney, 1849. 
Binding error, with the binding upside down vis a vis the text. Black cloth decorated in blind & gilt, light scuffing/spotting, 3 x 4 1/2 inches, all page edges gilt, yellow decorated waxed end papers. Chromolithographed plate by Sharp & Peirce of Boston, tissue guard with short tear. Hinge at tp partly open. 128 pp., index, light foxing. Fair. Hardcover.
A collection of poetry on the themes of friendship, love, and family. Includes such authors as Shakspeare [sic], Eliza Cook, Alice Carey, Mary Howitt, T. Moore, Barry Cornwall, Tennyson, N. P. Willis, J. Bayard Taylor, and Leigh Hunt.
William Sharp (1803-1875), British painter credited with introducing chromolithography to the United States. He was trained in lithography under Charles Hullmandel in London, and upon his emigration to Boston, Massachusetts, Sharp partnered with another former employee of Hullmandel's, Francis Michelin, and began business in Boston. Sharp is credited with producing the first chromolithograph in America, a portrait of the Rev. F. W. P. Greenwood, made in 1840.