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[Commonplace book of excerpts of early English Romantic poetry]

Label
[Commonplace book of excerpts of early English Romantic poetry]
Title
[Commonplace book of excerpts of early English Romantic poetry]
Title variation
Extracts
Contributor
Former owner
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Summary: an English or Scottish lady's commonplace book, compiled around 1808, containing "extracts" of poems written by a variety of early Romantic English and Scottish poets.
Cataloging source
CLU
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
poetry
Summary expansion
The book opens with several excepts from poems on war, beginning with James Thomson's "O beauteous peace!" from Act II, Scene 4 of his play "Tancred and Sigismunda," decorated with a delicate watercolor drawing of a dove and olive branches, with additional lines by William Thomas Fitzgerald, James Macpherson's Poems of Ossian, and two excerpts in French by Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian: "On court bien loin pour cherchr le bonheur..." and "Heureux le mortel obscur qui, sans rang, sans biens, sans naissance, ne connait d'autres devoirs...." At the time the writer dedicated her book, 1808, Great Britain and Portugal were fighting Napoleon's armies for control of the Iberian Peninsula; and that historical reference, coupled with a later clue on one of the tiny love letters drawn on page 47, addressed to "Capt. Colquhoun, 40th Regt.," may help suggest a possible identity for her dedicatee, Captain Archibald Colquhoun who fought in the Napoleonic Wars in Portugal with the 2nd Battalion, 40th Regiment of Foot, and was wounded in the Battle of Talavera in July 1809. There is also a section of poetic excerpts entitled "Slavery," which includes lines by poets who wrote against the institution of slavery including William Cowper and the Scottish poet James Beattie. Generally the poems are of a sentimental and romantic nature, and speak of the beauty of the landscape, heroism, fame, youth, love, and death and mortality. The writer was clearly well-read, as she includes excerpts from well-known writers such as Shakespeare, Homer, Voltaire, and Goldsmith, but also "A Market Night" by the Romantic poet Robert Bloomfield who was greatly influenced by Wordsworth's "Lyrical Ballads." As a well-educated woman, the writer can also read French, and includes verses in French by Florian, Voltaire, and Melin de Saint Gelais. In addition, her commonplace book contains excerpts from the works of several women writers and poets: Hannah More, Charlotte Smith, Sophia Lee ("Description of an Earthquake" from her Canterbury Tales), and Mrs Kerr, author of the poem "The Complaint."
Label
[Commonplace book of excerpts of early English Romantic poetry]
Instantiates
Production
Note
  • Title devised by cataloger for fuller description and ease of searching; varying form of title from title-page
  • Approximate date of production from date of dedication, June 3, 1808
  • Script: poems written in a single very small fine cursive hand; texts included in drawings are written in an even smaller hand
  • Illustration: 37 of the pages contain finely drawn and exquisitely detailed water colors of flower-draped urns, overgrown ruins, cottages, scrolls, books, maps, newspapers, and garlands of flowers, roses, and leaves. In some drawings of open books or front pages of newspapers, the artist has even copied the lines or columns of text in tiny letters. The illustration on page 47 is a page from a newspaper "The Sun," containing announcement of a play to be performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and advertisements for rouge, wigs, new books, employment openings, a house for sale. Scattered across the newspaper page, is an assortment of envelopes, some sealed with red or blue wax on the back, some addresses visible on the fronts ("Capt. Colquhoun 40th Regt." and "Lizzy Lamb, Montrose")
  • Includes an index of works alphabetized by title, with separate columns for authors, and page numbers
  • Binding: bound in contemporary brown calf boards, rebacked in lighter tan sprinkled calf; gold-stamped spine title "Extracts. 1808."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
17 x 16 cm
Extent
1 item (74 leaves)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
paper, color illustrations (watercolors)
Ownership
Provenance: book label on front pastedown of C.K. Ogden, whose library of 80,000 volumes was purchased by Lawrence Clark Powell for the University of California in 1958.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1042817351
  • ucoclc1042817351
Label
[Commonplace book of excerpts of early English Romantic poetry]
Production
Note
  • Title devised by cataloger for fuller description and ease of searching; varying form of title from title-page
  • Approximate date of production from date of dedication, June 3, 1808
  • Script: poems written in a single very small fine cursive hand; texts included in drawings are written in an even smaller hand
  • Illustration: 37 of the pages contain finely drawn and exquisitely detailed water colors of flower-draped urns, overgrown ruins, cottages, scrolls, books, maps, newspapers, and garlands of flowers, roses, and leaves. In some drawings of open books or front pages of newspapers, the artist has even copied the lines or columns of text in tiny letters. The illustration on page 47 is a page from a newspaper "The Sun," containing announcement of a play to be performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and advertisements for rouge, wigs, new books, employment openings, a house for sale. Scattered across the newspaper page, is an assortment of envelopes, some sealed with red or blue wax on the back, some addresses visible on the fronts ("Capt. Colquhoun 40th Regt." and "Lizzy Lamb, Montrose")
  • Includes an index of works alphabetized by title, with separate columns for authors, and page numbers
  • Binding: bound in contemporary brown calf boards, rebacked in lighter tan sprinkled calf; gold-stamped spine title "Extracts. 1808."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
17 x 16 cm
Extent
1 item (74 leaves)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
paper, color illustrations (watercolors)
Ownership
Provenance: book label on front pastedown of C.K. Ogden, whose library of 80,000 volumes was purchased by Lawrence Clark Powell for the University of California in 1958.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1042817351
  • ucoclc1042817351

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