Printer/Sunday School leader's record & calling card specimen book
Quarter leather, square 8vo, not paginated (estimated around 200 pages). A record book printed by Hook & Stephens, Job Printers, Ithaca N.Y. Printer John Hook also led the local Methodist Episcopalian Sunday School. He appears to have designed the book to record his efforts with the school, which are documented in the latter pages.
The contents are printed in two formats, the first half of the book being a roll-call style register for the classes and the second half designed to record general attendance numbers and minutes for each meeting. While the second half is completed with Sunday School notes from 1873-1876, the first half has been repurposed as a specimen book of calling cards, presumably printed by Hook in his primary occupation. 25 cards in total, mounted across ten pages. Some very stylish designs in unexpected colors, patterns, and an uncommon example on purple celluloid. Several pictorial cards are associated with the Sprague Steamer, an early fire brigade.
The records of the Sunday School are generally mundane but do reflect the patterns of interest and attendance. And the weather, which was usually cold and rainy.