Title: Commonplace Book Introductory Poem

Date: 186?

Bibliographic Citation: [Commonplace book 1]. From the private collection of Prof. Jason Camlot

Notes: The poem displayed here within the hand-drawn, decorative border introduces the reader (and soon-to-be contributor) to the purpose and function of the commonplace book. The poem invites friends to leave a thought or rhyme within the pages as testament to the friendship between the owner of the book and the contributor. Many of the contributions were unoriginal; that is, they were transcriptions of favourite popular texts, in whole or in part. Indeed, quite often these texts are also found in literary annuals. In instances of copying, as in cases of presentation pages, it is the preservation of the contributor’s manuscript and autograph that is important. The content is fine, but it’s the thought that counts.

Language: English

Subject: Commonplace-books.

Publisher: Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University

is Part Of Exhibition: Interactions of Script and Print in the Nineteenth Century

Exhibition Theme: Writing and Sharing

Image Identifier: Commonplace_Book_1_Poem