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Book Description

257pp ms., 34 accomplished illustrations, some hand-coloured, with a further 68 illus., mostly printed, laid down within ms. or on an empty album page; a few tears to lower gutter margins & to lower margins occasionally impinging on text, a few inserted illus. apparently removed. Overall clean & attractive. Contemp. quarto album in full calf, elaborate gilt borders & gilt spine; at some point expertly recased; hinges & extremities rubbed. An attractive album.
Dealer Notes
A superior commonplace of a late regency young woman replete with playful games, a miscellany of thoughts and observations, original poetry and prose, and accomplished artwork. Although we cannot identify the author, the album provides a number of clues. The first leaf is illustrated with a skilful tromp l’oeil, in wash & ink, of an ancient archway overlaid with another scene inscribed ‘Nottingham’ and ‘drawn by J.R.W. Engd. by Miss C’. In the foreground of the archway is a a stone inscribed ‘Mu blaseg del. Tracon nassim’. Other names and initials that appear within the volume include W.H. Wayne, H.F.E. White, Lucy Filmer, J.R., A.S. and J.H.
Much of our compiler’s poetry appears to be original, occasionally written in situ ‘under a horn in a grotto near the water’, ‘on Mr. Twining’s Tea Warehouse on the Strand’, or ‘written on the Temple Gate, London’. Much is in Romantic style, written on love or womanhood and some is copied from favourite authors including Byron, Swift, Scott, Moor and Barbauld. The illustrations are skilful and often accompanied by humorous anecdotes, epigrams and other word games. Dotted within the text are numerous puzzles, seemingly without their answers: ‘Why is a lady in an auction room a disagreeable companion?’; Why is your eye like a criminal at a whipping post?’; ‘If you were obliged to make your bed in the sea what sea would it be?’; ‘What turns to keep a secret’, &c. Answers on a postcard.
Author MANUSCRIPT COMMONPLACE BOOK.
Date [c.1824-c.1836]

Price: £2250.00

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