Title [Pocket notebook bound in dark tanned skin with silver corners and clasps].
Imprint [Boston, Mass.?], [between 1770 and 1800]
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Physical description 6 unnumbered leaves ; 11 cm
Note Attached by string to the clasp is a handwritten paper label which reads: "The cover of this book is made of Tanned Skin of the Negro whose Execution caused the War of Independence".
Leaves are very thick, possibly card.
Title devised by cataloguer.
References For more information on this item, see: Times Literary Supplement, Sept. 10, 2010, pp. 19-20.
Summary Originally thought to be an example of anthropodermic bibliopegy (human skin binding). This is now known to be false.
Note Copy 1 Acquired by a purchasing agent of Henry Wellcome in 1929 from Stevens auction house. Manuscript inscription on recto of first leaf: "Mr Thos Laurence, No 260 Kent St., Borough, London". On verso written in manuscript are election returns dated 1786.
Author, etc. Laurence, Thomas, Lieutenant, former owner.
Genre/Technique Annotations (Provenance) 18th century.
System no. .b21243840