Thursday, April 29, 2010
Book of the Week
A Fine Manuscript Commonplace Book of poems along with 21 pen and ink drawings of birds, insects and flowers
Large quarto, 66 pages in total have been used, the rest are blank. There are 21, fairly accomplished, (probably) pen and ink drawings of birds, insects and flowers, some of which are full page. There are also a couple of other illustrations and a few silhouettes. Along with the drawings are numerous poems, all appear to be in the same hand and have copied from a number of sources, many of them are on a botanical theme. There is no indication of who owned or compiled this manuscript. The paper is watermarked, J. Whatman, Turkey Mill and is dated 1821. Finely bound in full red morocco with gilt decorated borders to the front and rear and a full gilt spine.
From the stock of Simon French Books.
You can view more books on butterflies here and more books of nineteenth century poetry here.