SHERINGHAM, M. ~ [Album and commonplace book]. c. 1826.
4to (240 × 180 mm), 58 completed leaves (another c. 30 blank at rear), most with original interleaved tissue guards, with manuscript text, watercolour and pencil drawings and some collage. Occasional foxing to tissue. One small pasted insertion lost or removed. Original red half roan with maker’s label to upper cover. Some expert repair to the binding.
A very good lady’s album and commonplace book in which 34 pages bear illustrations, mostly watercolours and a large proportion full- or half-page of flowers, birds, butterflies, shells, a feather, and two excellent trompe l’oeils with writing materials and playing cards. A witty frontispiece depicts a beggar woman with a sack labelled ‘The Smallest Piece will be acceptable’ and is captioned ‘A snapper-up of unconsidered trifles (Winter’s Tale)’ while a pencil portrait (of the compiler?) is of another beggar girl holding a sign ‘Scraps thankfully received’. The texts include: ‘What is Life?’, ‘A Ship sinking in a Storm’ (Byron), ‘A Mother’s Grief’, ‘Lines on the death of his Eldest Son by the late Right Honorable George Canning’, ‘The Moss Rose, from the German’, ‘The Blush’, ‘To an early Primrose’ (Henry Kirk White), ‘Woman’ and ‘On a Lady sleeping’.