Vera Reynolds, Commonplace Book - Original 1913 album

An original 1913 album, Vera Reynolds Commonplace Book.

This small cloth-bound album was owned by Vera Reynolds. The book comprises 40 leaves, 19 of which have content; of these, most are inscribed with inscribed with short poems, proverbs, quotations; 7 have small drawings and one even has a feather adhered to the page.

Inscribed and dated on the front endpaper.
Some pages have minor age toning and a small amount of foxing. The binding is fragile and in one place is slightly split between sections.
20.5cm x 16.5cm.

This book is one of a collection of commonplace books owned by young women at the beginning of the 20th century. They are an eclectic delight of intriguing inscriptions and drawings – often witty poems, proverbs and quotations, and humorous, sweet cartoons.

All signed and dated by the contributors – the owner’s friends, family and acquaintances – they tell a personal story and give insight into the life of a young women in Britain around the time of the First World War. Furthermore, their often moralising content reveals a wider context of a very different world from today – of an old-fashioned innocence and belief in values such as modesty, hard work and ever-lasting friendship. 


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