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[Commonplace] Miss Sarah Hinchcliff
A young woman's manuscript compilation of artistic and poetic works, requesting "not any prose be inserted"
[U.K.]: 1834-1843. Black calf ornately embossed in gilt and blind, measuring 205 x 165mm with leaves watermarked J. Whatman 1826. Comprised of 65 pages of manuscript in various hands and 23 original drawings (some in color, others in graphite). With content beginning at age 20, two years before her marriage, and continuing until the year before her death at age 29, this beautifully bound and compiled text gives a glimpse into the interests and preoccupations of Sarah, her husband, and their educated group of friends and family members. One of the loveliest examples we've seen. Born to the cabinet-making Hinchliff family in 1815, Sarah grew up in Yorkshire and London. Her place in a rising middle class family likely provided her with educational and travel opportunities not accessible to her parents in their youth; and through these experiences and circles, she met and married Cambridge graduate Edward Over in 1837. Sarah begins this commonplace in October of 1835 -- two years before her marriage -- and continues it until the year before her early death in 1844. The beautiful calligraphic title page bearing her name sets the tone for the remainder of the album, as does her pencil notation at the header: "It is requested that not any prose be inserted." Abiding by her request, all contributors bring their best creative contributions. Some enter pieces from well known authors such as Cowper and Milton, others compose their own verses. Several illustrate their entries with decorative flowers or birds while others select on-topic images. Still others follow Sarah's penciled inst … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [USA]

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