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Book Condition: Good
N.d., circa 1800. 34 by 21 cm. 15 leaves, or 30 pages, with pages torn out in the front and back. The cursive writing in the notebook is rendered with a neat, even a calligraphic, hand, and the topic heads are all written calligraphically. The currency conversion computations probably form the most interesting section, and this section helps date the notebook with some precision as in the 1790s or shortly thereafter. French currency, for example, is given as deniars (a misspelling, or perhaps then an alternative spelling, for deniers), sous and "livers", meaning livres. The last term was still in use in Caribbean colonies of France. Since dollars are referred to, it suggests post-constitution. With a reference to Philadelphia in this section, among other things, the notebook is almost certainly American in origin. The leather is heavily rubbed and abraded. On spine the leather is dry, with some loss at lower extremity. A few tears and minor losses of extant leaves. Heavy toning around perimeter of leaves, and some soiling besides.