Manuscript Commonplace Book titled “Scrapiana alias Joe Miller & Johnsoniana 1839.1840.1841.”


8vo., 104 pages written throughout in the same neat hand, nicely bound in semi-stiff straight grain red morocco, minor rubbing to extremities.


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The collection commences with a series of brief anecdotes collected from various sources, some obscure, viz. “A publican in Fetter Lane announces for sale fine Temperence Ale at 3d per quart”. The remainder of the volume is composed of a selection of prose articles and poems, again many copied, some from obscure sources and some seemingly unpublished. One is signed “E.I. 1838”, and many relate to the London area. Two long poems have not been traced and would seem to be unpublished. “The Horse to His Master”, first line: “So (or To) save my wind and glossy skin”; “The Hostess of the Bull by the Rev. James Tweed”. The Bull was a hostelry at Aldgate near the Pump. There is a signature on the end paper which seems to read as “S. Spokes”, and in pencil above the title are the initials “E.P.S.”. An interesting assembly put together in the style of Samuel Johnson?