A Time to Mourn: Expressions of Grief in Nineteenth Century America by Martha V. Pike and Janice Gray Armstrong. This is one of the only and best sources concerning the material culture of death. There are few studies done on the objects that surround death and in this age where death has become a private affair, the multitude of public objects including clothing, jewelry, pictures, ceramics, etc. that were used or surrounded the loss of a loved one in past times can seem unimaginable. Chapters explore Custom and Change, the mourning ritual, the problem of time in the 19th century, Death in American society, posthumous mourning portraiture, nineteenth century mourning costume, mourning on Long Island, NY, and cemeteries. More than 230 objects are shown in this exhibition catalogue, in excellent black and white photography. Very Fine condition. Softcover as issued. Light and usual shelf rubbing to covers. Scarce.
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