While browsing in the pretty Shropshire town of Ludlow, we found a real gem in an antique shop.
My friend saw a monogrammed leather book on a shelf with her initials on it [E H] and we both knew that it was going home with her.
On opening the cover, there was a note in the front about Copperplate poems that had been copied.
As a teacher, I have taught hundreds of students to write so can appreciate the tremendous effort required for handwriting of such beauty.
The slant & pressure is so beautiful - I could visualise a young lady working on this with none of the distractions we have today! Many took great pride in learning to write so beautifully, as a mark of accomplishment.
1824 - so much history has passed since then …..
How absolutely beautiful is this precise writing with its beautiful slant ….
Tranquillity indeed ….
I admit to doing full cursive handwriting when unhurried & I do my D the same way ...
There are several different handwritings / hands in this collection of poems & notes & it is interesting to see the different styles of work
May 1859 - neat & elegant handwriting
1862 .... of the International Exhibition ...
Some German poems
Beautiful firm writing with good upstrokes ....
To love our enemies ...
Yet another hand ... not as bold as before with long strokes & beautiful curves
To the Mocking Bird ….
The binders where the notes were bound into their tooled leather book ...
Please tell me I am not the only book hoarder about? Do you still buy new books or own beautiful old ones?
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