LINED COMMONPLACE BOOK 150 X 210 - WILLIAM KILBURN FLORAL DESIGN
Lined journal, 240 sides of 110 gsm smooth ivory paper.
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.
The cover is a reproduction of a design by William Kilburn (1745-1818) who was a highly regarded designer of block-printed cottons in the C18th, some of whose work is held at the Victoria and Albert Museum.