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Commonplace Book 15cm square - Elizabeth Friedlander


Commonplace Book 15cm square - Elizabeth Friedlander

Vintage design by Elizabeth Friedlander, made for the Curwen Press. This decorated paper has been out of print for a long time, but the old sheets have retained their brilliance and delicacy. 

Book with 208 sides of plain 110 gsm ivory paper.

15 cm square

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. 

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