The Old Maid's Thermometer. [&] The Old Bachelor's Thermometer.
Published by S. and J. Fuller 34, Rathbone-Place. [n.d., c.1820.]
Pair of hand coloured lithographs with letterpress, very scarce pair in fine condition with large margins; J. Whatman watermark paper 1820 (1/2 on each). Sheet size: 290 x 180mm (11½ x 7¼") each.
A humerous representation of the 'tragic consequences that awaited those who put off marriage'. 'The Old Maid's Thermometer' starting at age 15, descibes an attractive and amiable young lady who was so fond of charming those around her that she refused to settle on one suitor and grew up to be an unmarried, 'illhumoured', lonely woman who 'turns all her sensiblilty towards cats and dogs', and becomes disgusted with the world by the age of 50. Likewise, 'The Old Bachelor's Thermometer' explains how a prideful and handsome young man, who is too pleased with his own virtues to marry the woman he truly loved, soon finds himself to be an unwell 50 year old who unhapilly marries his prudent young housekeeper. Both tales are illustrated above the text.
[Ref: 34320] £360.00