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Commonplace Book of Louis McCrea

A commonplace book in it's truest form.

[Auburn, New York]: c.1877. Commonplace book of Louis McCrea, compiled c.1877. Louis was one half of the McCrea Brothers, coal dealers based in Auburn, New York; his business card has been pasted-in, as well as his visiting card to the upper pastedown. brief descriptions of McCrea's travels are recorded, as well as a number of poems including "Oh, Why Should the Spirit of Mortal be Proud?" by William Knox, a favorite of President Lincoln's. Other excerpts include what appears to be an original composition titled "Hidden Treasures"; the poem "Be Not the First", which appeared unattributed in several contemporary periodicals; and a transcription of Psalm XXIII. Birthdays, marriages, and deaths have been recorded. Musings. Several visiting cards and a couple die-cuts have also been included.

Small 4to (7.75" by 6.5"), approx. 50 leaves, most filled, in original quarter roan and marbled paper boards. Fair. Toned, worn. Book block separated from spine, may be lacking leaves. Paper brittle. Short tears, chipping, etc.

Price: $225.00

Item #22006773

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