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Victorian commonplace book
ca. 1827-88. Unpaginated. About 300 pages interspersed with a few colour tissue pages. Handmade paper by J. Whatman "Turkey Mill" in 1827 according to a watermark towards the rear. 23 cm. 15 full-page colour and b&w plates. 3 more smaller b&w illustrations. Owner added 30 more colour and b&w illustrations, some detached. 65 p. filled in with verse, mostly written in a tiny, neat script ca. 1828-33. Other writing apparently added later, including a poem "Kind Hearts are More Than Coronets" by Tennyson written on a pink paper, dated June 25th, 1888 and attached to a blank page. Full leather with blank and gilt impressing. Front cover has name of James Scott Couser and Souvenir is written on rear. All edges gilt. Respined with original spine overlaid. Occasional spotting but overall very clean. Commonplace books were a popular pastime among women beginning in the 18th century. This one, manufactured in 1827, is filled with the typical poems, passages, and aphorisms women of the time would have read in printed works. This book's emphasis is on Lord Byron, Lord Palmerston and Vincentia Rogers, a popular Romantic-era Irish poet. These selections, all from popular authors in the periodical press, suggest that the owner was copying from gift books like Forget-me-Not and The Keepsake. Two poems signed by "Jane", dated October 9 and 10, 1833, appear to be original works, probably by the book's owner. This book demonstrates the shift from the commonplace book to the scrapbook, with cards and a poem pasted in. Apparently this book was passed down from one generation to another. James W … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Attic Books (ABAC, ILAB) [London, ON, Canada]

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