4to (226 x 183mm). Manuscript on watermarked paper dated 1821. Approx. 144 leaves. Manuscript commonplace book compiling drawings, poetry, essays, and sentimental musings. About half of them are blank, the others written on one or both sides, or with original drawings some colored, plus a few mounted engravings. Richly bound in period green straight-grained morocco, tooled in gilt, edges gilt and spine lettered in gilt "Le Livre de Mes Amis"; (joints tender). Charming and attractive commonplace book gathering poetry, wisdom, sentiment and some historical comment from the first half of the 19th century, with a notable selection of original hand-colored drawings, and those skillfully executed in pencil, some mounted, by various artists. Among the drawings are several of birds, vibrantly colored; a mounted color "View on the Lake of Como," signed on the reverse by E.A. Walford; a hound chasing a hare, with suitable verse below; a color drawing of Badby School dated 1821; cats and kittens playing, nature scenes. Well-preserved and well-loved album. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: FRIENDSHIP ALBUM – 19th CENTURY COMMONPLACE ...
Publisher: c. 1821-1830
Publication Date: 1821
Book Condition: Near Fine
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