COMMONPLACE BOOK - VINTAGE LADYBIRD (SPRING SCENE)
Journal 11 X 15 cm
208 sides of plain ivory paper, 110 gsm. Suitable for fountain pen.
Spring scene - alder catkins and pussy willow, tilling machine with black-headed gulls and lapwings.
These country scenes are by CF Tunnicliffe – perhaps best known for his paintings of birds, but his distinctive etchings, wood engravings and water colours made his name as a fine artist and member of the Royal Academy. He illustrated 5 Ladybird Books, and the pictures used here are from What to Look for in Spring, first published in 1961.
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.