COMMONPLACE BOOK - VINTAGE LADYBIRD TREES (COMMON ELM & WYCH ELM, HAWTHORN & WAYFARING TREE OR VIBURNUM)
Journal 11 X 15 cm
208 sides of plain ivory paper, 110 gsm. Suitable for fountain pen.
The tree illustrations are by Stanley Roy Badmin (1906 - 1989), who was one of the youngest ever associate members of the Royal Watercolour Society, at age 26. Known for his beautiful watercolours and his love of rural life, his Puffin Picture Book Trees in Britain, 1943, has been described as ‘one of the most beautiful illustrated books of the century’. The pictures on these covers are from the Ladybird Book of Trees (1963). Trees are also named inside the back covers of the book.
Commonplace Books are a very purposeful way of using a journal, or giving one as a gift. They have been used since the Fifteenth Century, the idea being to record passages of text, poems, quotations, recipes, reading lists, drawings, sayings, family turns of phrase, calligraphy, aspirations - any words of perceived wisdom or personal significance - all making up a memoir of the author’s interests over a number of years. All sorts of famous people have kept Commonplace Books including John Milton, Napoleon Bonaparte, Lewis Carroll and Virginia Woolf. A brief note about the history and use of Commonplace Books is enclosed with the book.
COMMON ELM & WYCH ELM, HAWTHORN & WAYFARING TREE OR VIBURNUM