[NAVAL COMMONPLACE BOOK] Long, illustrated manuscript titled "Scraps of Poetry Selected for W.C. Jones. 1823."
Various locations at sea and Philadelphia: circa 1823-1832. Original leather backed boards. 12 1/2 x 8 inches (32 x 21 cm); an approximately 250 page illustrated collection of manuscript poems with title page in color, poetry throughout in a neat hand under titles decorated in colorful script, and illustrations mostly in color including about 20 vignettes, 10 half page, 15 full page, and 2 double page spreads, a few engraving tipped-in, many entries dated and with a location at sea or Philadelphia. A few leaves detached including title, which has some old marginal strengthening, edgewear and short tears, the binding heavily rubbed with losses to marbled covers and corners.
A long album of poetry and illustration, some quite accomplished, bearing notations stating it largely executed at sea, and likely in the hand of a woman given the range of subjects of the poetry. The illustrations include images of American ships, flags, soldiers on horeseback, Washington's tomb, the Philadelphia Bank, a view of a mosque, a natural bridge in Virginia, the Bunker Hill monument, church interiors, etc. The chronology of ship names, locations and dates, with several stopovers in Philadelphia between: Ship Hebe, May-August 1823 (this ship known to have left Ireland bound for Quebec on 31 July 1823 carrying the Peter Robinson Settlers); Ship Hebe January-May 1824; Brig Liberty, Buenos Aires, May 1825; Brig America, Pernambuco (Brazil), August 1826; Brig Elbe, September-October 1826; Brig Latona, March-May 1827 (with a fine full page color drawing of this ship); Brig Florenzo, Rio de Janeiro, January 1828; a few of the final drawings bearing the initials "RJ" and dated 1832.
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