1850 (ca.) · France
Highly curious little manuscript "Dictionary" complete with neatly cut and lettered index tabs. Possibly created as a teaching aid in the guise of a juvenile amusement, this manuscript contains mostly alliterative word pairings which can only be explained as tongue-twisters or simply nonsense. A random sampling: "assaisonner / anchois," "goulotte / goutte deau," "microscope / metallique," "saucisson / sillon," and "succulent / successivement" are among the ca. 280 similar entries.
Daniela Kromp, of Munich, kindly directs us to an ingeniously folded letter written by a young Neomi Denoailly to her mother, dated 1845, which is preserved in the archives of the Musee National de lEducation in Paris (Inventory No. 1979.32153). This is the only other reference to Neomi Denoailly known to us. The monogram J.M.J. (written along the top of the front cover) has resisted identification. (Inventory #: 2016)