Thayer, Mrs. J. [editor]. The Golden Present, a Gift for All Seasons. Worcester: S. A. Howland, 1850.
Blue cloth stamped in blind & gilt, all page edges gilt, waxed yellow end papers, 2 7/8 x 4 5/8 inches, 128 pp., tight, foxing. With a tissue-guarded chromolithograph extra title page by W. Sharp. Chromolithograph very good, text pages have dark foxing and damp staining on many pages/ About Good. Hardcover.
First published 1848.
"I have been gleaning through the fields of poetry and sentiment. I have gathered golden ears from sheafs of thought and feeling, and caught the choicest notes of songster and philosopher and having twined them in a bright wreath, I send it forth upon its mission to charm the eye and heart of Beauty." - Preface.
Contributions by Mrs. J. Thayer, Longfellow, Mrs. Hemans, Miss Bremer, Sir Walter Scott, Bulwer, Miss Porter, Byron, Emerson, Coleridge, &c.
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.