19. Item #58499
(CIGARETTE CARDS). WILLS'S CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM. Two hundred color-illustrated cigarette cards of insects and flowers, printed with a descriptive text on the reverse. [N.d.; circa 1915-1925.] The album contains two complete sets of "Garden Life," which shows common garden pests, and "Old English Garden Flowers," Series 1 & 2. Each set has a total of fifty cards. Each card (2 5/8 by 1 3/8 inches; 6.7 x 3.6 cm) is inserted into a window pocket, ten to a page, in the album which was specially designed to display these cards. The album is a small, oblong 4to., bound in green cloth, with a moire finish, over heavy bevelled boards, with "Wills's Cigarette Card Album" stamped in gilt to the upper board. The cards are mostly clean and crisp, with only a few showing light marginal foxing. The album shows light wear to corners, with some minor surface wear and spotting to the lower board. This is a charming collection in near fine condition.