The Token

Description
Samuel G. Griswold edited this edition of The Token, which was published by Carter and Hendee of Boston, Massachusetts in 1829. The Token was a book s published annually for the express purpose of being gifted for the holiday season. The Token was a strictly American publication—printed on American presses using American writers and illustrators. It contained a variety of non-fiction essays, fictional stories, and poems.
The Copp Collection contains about 150 books of early American imprint and shows a wide range of reading matter typical of a New England Puritan family living in a port town. Literacy was expected of many New Englanders, as Puritan doctrine required everyone to read the Bible. The abundance of multiple Bibles, psalms, hymnodies, sermons, and morality tales reflects the Copp’s religious beliefs. Other highlights of the library include the works of Shakespeare, almanacs, historical and political texts, and travel narratives.
The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
book
Measurements
overall: 3 7/8 in x 5 7/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 9.8425 cm x 14.9225 cm x 3.175 cm
ID Number
DL*006868.037
catalog number
6868.037
accession number
28810
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Cultures & Communities
Copp Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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