CLOUD CRYSTAL A Snow Flake Album Collected and Edited by Frances E. Chickering, Appleton, 1864. First Edition in leather over board. Outstanding condition throughout. Gilt lettering on front board as well as spine which has five raised bands. Marbled endpages and inside dentelles. "A fascinating blend of scientific observation, literary expression, and graphic illustration on the topic of snow flakes and winter. The author painstakingly copied these 200 snowflake forms from actual observation over several years and they are reproduced in as white silhouettes on a dark brown printed background. The book opens with a scientific paper by Charled Smallwood on the subject of the relation of atmospheric electricity on the formation of snow crystals. Literary contributors include James Russell Lowell, Robert Burns, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Increase Mather, Shakespeare, William Cullen Bryant, Milton, Tennyson, Gail Hamilton, and many others. Illustrations are tissue-guarded and pages are gilt edged all around. Title in gilt on both front and rear boards.Light and limited rubbing. 158 pristine foxing.