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A commonplace book belonging to M. A. Fitzmaurice, with an entry by Shackleton.
- Small 4to. 136 leaves, of which the first 57 are partially completed in different hands, ownership inscription to flyleaf verso of Amy Shackleton, Aberdeen House, West Hill, Sydenham, Kent; some dampstaining to upper inner margins, partially affecting contents, good in the original half leather, expertly restored to spine, boards a little worn, leather booklabel to upper board of M. A. Fitzmaurice. A fascinating and early insight into Shackleton's youth and family background. This commonplace book belonged to the Fitzmaurice family, to whom Ernest was related through his mother. The entries on the first forty or so leaves are in a uniform hand, and seem to date from the 1830s. On the verso of the next leaf has been written "October 7th 1889", and there follow entries by Ernest H. Shackleton (9 lines quoted from Tennyson's 'Morte d'Arthur', signed and dated Feby. 5th 1890), M. E. Shackleton, Emma Fitzmaurice, C. D. Sale-Barker and Lily Sale-Barker (related to Maurice Sale-Barker, Ernest's friend from Dulwich College), and others. The ownership inscription at the front belongs to Ernest's sister Amy, and Ernest's entry to the album was made shortly before he left Dulwich College for a career at sea. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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