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Hayhurst, Sarah Kinsey (compiler)
[Manuscript]. [Early Philadelphia binding]. [Commonplace Album of Poetry]
Philadelphia, 1840. Very good. Quarto (245 x 195 mm). 174 pp., all filled with neat cursive writing. Contemporary, no doubt Philadelphia, binding of diced russia calf, richly gilt: wide gilt border around sides, central frame on both covers, on the front the name of the first owner gilt: SARAH K. HAYHURST; smooth spine with 6 compartments, the second lettered ALBUM; board edges gilt, pale blue/gray pastedowns and endpapers, turn-ins gilt, a.e.g. Extremities somewhat worn but an attractive manuscript in an excellent state of preservation. A Philadelphia spinster's manuscript Commonplace album of poetry and patriotic writings, penned by Sarah Kinsey Hayhurst (1796-1884), a Quaker. The album is signed by her and dated 1840; although there is no indication that the album contains original poetry by her, some of her favorite poems, quotations, and patriotic speeches are included. Noteworthy is the exuberantly gilt Philadelphia binding which was created by a craftsmen of considerable technical skill. The very distinctive tools on our binding are not published in Papantonio, French, Andrews, or Maser, and thus merit further research. Commonplace books belong to a fascinating literary form that has been the subject of a great deal of recent scholarship, particularly in the field of Women's Studies. "Commonplace" is not the best word for a book whose contents are usually far from commonplace, according to William Cole, who writes: "The quickest definition of the genre is 'an annotated personal anthology'" (see his article in the NY Times, "Speaking of Commonplace Books," 3 May 1 … [Click Below for Full Description]
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