2 Victorian commonplace books 1850s
Scope and Contents
A second volume is covered in maroon binding. It is undated, but is entitled 'A Christmas Offering for our Mother'. The pages are decorated with sketches of plants, birds, and children. Some of the drawings are initialed 'HP'.There are lines entitled, 'Sketches of a journey through Dreamland', 'Lines written in the Vatican. A fragment', 'The letter Box', 'King Cole', 'The philosophers', 'The Devil's water', 'The sea', 'Music', and 'New Year's Eve'. One of the illustrations, shaded with pencil, and accompanying 'The philosophers', may be an early form of photographic image (perhaps a calotype, or salted-paper print).
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Biographical / Historical
In this instance, the commonplace books were a gift to a mother.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Collection of two Victorian commonplace books, circa 1852