(Hartford City Medical Society)
Title History of the Presentation of the Loving Cup by the Hartford City Medical Society to Gurdon W. Russell, M.D., and of the Complimentary Dinner Given to Him in Honor of His Fifty Years of Actual Service in the Profession, November 21, 1887 [*SIGNED*]
Book Condition Good
Edition Unstated edition
Publisher Hartford CT The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co. (printers) 1887
Seller ID 20675
(half-bound, black cloth and black textured boards, with gilt spine and front cover lettering; no dust jacket) [some wear evident at all corners, including slight exposure of boards at several corners, some modest loss of binding material at spine ends; front hinge a little weak but still intact]. (one halftone plate with tissue guard) INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the ffep by the honoree of the commemorated event, Dr. Gurdon W. Russell, dated "Hartford, March 24, 1888." The rather lengthy inscription covers about half the page, and conveys the author's "kind regards & pleasant remembrances of the time when we were boys, & attended school at the old brick school house," etc. All I can say is that this must have been one heck of a shindig, not to mention a lengthy one, if this is an accurate transcription of all the speeches, poems, songs and sundry ceremonial hoo-hah of the occasion. The Loving Cup itself (depicted in the book's only illustration) was solid silver, and per the "Preliminary History" was in fact the first of its kind presented by the Society, and intended as the inauguration of a tradition: it's specified that the Cup "should be held by [Dr. Russell] during life; that at his death it should revert to the society, to be again placed in the hands of a worthy successor, and so on, in saecula saeculorum." Which raises (in my mind, anyway) the obvious question: who's got the damn thing today?
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