19th century penmanship notebook, British In origins, and highly unusual for its variety of elaborately penned alphabets. Consisting of Armenian, Syriac, Arabic, Rabbinical and Samaritan alphabets, and also a handful of modernist fonts. It also features exquisitely lettered lists of Augusta Hewlett's family members, including the dates of their birth, and some fantastic large, early Spencerian lettering incorporating a woman's face in profile a a little squirrel with bushy tail
The notebook covers 12 years of Augusta life from 8 years old until she was 20
Dimensions: 9 3/16" x 7 5/8" x 5/8". 48 pages filled (most on one side only, a couple with writing on both sides), plus 32 blank pages. Paper held to light reveals watermark "Gates 1824." Very dark, clear ink throughout. The cover has come apart from the pages but remains in one piece, substantial in weight, worn at the spine but in fairly good condition and not fragile. It would not be at all difficult to cleanly remove pages to frame.
someone has adhered a note to the hand-marbled cover noting Augusta's age when she began it
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