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Lot 878/0210

Estimate: €300-500

“A Scribbler’s Diary”

Collins (William Herbert)
A Scribbler’s Diary, Extracts from the Common-Place Book of a Common-Place Fellow. Compiler’s Copy. Compiled in Collaboration with Arthur Dennis 1907.
Manuscript, large quarto, circa 370 numbered pages in a large clear hand, handsomely bound in full green Morocco gilt, fitted with a heavy brass lock (key not present), spine with raised bands, doublures elaborately gilt, a.e.g., marble endpapers. With daily entries recording the writer’s views on life, with verses, stories and anecdotes. ‘Some seventeen years ago I had made for my use a book with a lock … In it from time to time I have jotted down odds and ends that have appealed to me… Some months ago .. for the amusement of my friends, I extracted a few hundred entries and arranged them as head-lines to the pages of this Diary..’ The ‘diary’ runs from 1 January to December 31. The subject-matter is mainly humorous and whimsical. The compiler gives his address as 9 Fell Road, Croydon; we have no further information about him. (1)

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