Bell's Common Place Book, Form'd Generally Upon the Principles Recommended and Practised by Mr. Locke
first editionFull Green Vellum
London: J. Bell, 1790. First Edition. Full Green Vellum. Near Fine. A beautiful green vellum binding with the original metal clasps and marbled fore-edge. Such a mostly unused eighteenth notebook, one sold commercially by a stationer, is quite an unusual survivor, we believe. 4to. 25 by 20 cm. Unpaginated, seven pages of text, two page alphabet indexing key meant to be filled out and/or used by the book owner, followed by several hundred blank pages, excepting a ruled vertical line meant to demarcate the margin. The indexing method was one first propounded by John Locke and was in common use for at least a century afterward. About fifteen of the first "blank leaves" have been torn out by a prior owner -- these were the only sheets that were used. While this can be seen easily when opening the book to the first blank sheet, the loss is otherwise undiscernible, and we would regard it as a trivial defect consequently. Oval surface loss, aobut dime-sized, to vellum on rear board, now colored and relatively inconspicuous. Typical warping of the vellum, in part shaped by the pressure from the closed clasps. small corner chip to the spine label.
(Inventory #: 005131)
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