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Math and Calligraphy Notebook Bound with Older Newspaper, Greenough, Richard [Richard Greenough Atkinson]
1 Greenough, Richard [Richard Greenough Atkinson] Math and Calligraphy Notebook Bound with Older Newspaper
Atkinson, New Hampshire (?) 1816, 1817 Wraps made of newspaper Very Good 
Tall 4to, 31 by 19 cm. Unpaginated, 29 leaves, or 38 pp., mostly dealing with arithmetic and other mathematical formulations, with a decided bent towards the practical financial functions, such as interest calculations and discounting. It is a fairly typical such surviving notebook of that era, but for the final page of maxims written in an ornamental cursive calligraphic hand. Also three pages of legal forms (quitation deed, a will, a promissory note). Notwithstanding the calligraphy at the end and ornamental lettering elsewhere, the notebook is far from entirely neat, with many of the mathematical calculations looking as one might expect in a student's notebook. Still, the notebook belongs to a bygone era of pedagogy. Moderate wear generally, with some wormholing of the newspaper wraps. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Jack in the Pulpit Preaches To-day., McLeod, BA
2 McLeod, BA Jack in the Pulpit Preaches To-day.
Wraps Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900. 13 leaves of card stock onto which the once popular poem by Clara Smith was written by hand in a calligraphic script and watercolor decoration ornaments four leaves in addition to the front cover. The artist signed the watercolors with BAMcLeod. While the sweet, doggerilish verse may not suit modern tastes -- it is bound to be viewed with the same condescension as the Joyce Kilmer poem, "Trees" -- it did inspire commercial book illustrators, and this manuscript version more than holds its own with published versions, and the warmth of the watercolors, unmediated by a printing press, immeasurably enhances the visual pleasure these vignettes of the natural world are bound to impart. While we know nothing of BA McLeod, strangely the comparative anonymity of the artist adds an element of interest and mystery to this as a document. The production is bound amateurishly, but firmly, with a strip of parchment, and holes were punched into the bound margin presumably to allow the book to be housed in a looseleaf binder. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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