Amazing find in Victorian George Elliot Book!

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Amazing find in Victorian George Elliot Book!

Postby Raphael » Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:18 am

I have a Victorian edition of a George Elliot novel Scenes of Clerical Life, published by Blackwoods ( those of the Blackwoods Magazine). Its pages are all intact, though the spine is loose, hence why it was on the 10p shelf at the second hand bookshop.I was happening to look inside the spine and found a piece of paper.

This is what I found:

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What looks to be a fragment from a ledger dating from 1836-1838!!!!! And made of rag paper also. I bet I am the first person to see that since the book was bound!!!!
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Re: Amazing find in Victorian George Elliot Book!

Postby Saturn » Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:27 am

Wow, a real find Raphael, have you unfolded it, or is it simply that piece you've pictured?

That's a bookmark and a half!
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Re: Amazing find in Victorian George Elliot Book!

Postby Raphael » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:43 am

Saturn wrote:Wow, a real find Raphael, have you unfolded it, or is it simply that piece you've pictured?

That's a bookmark and a half!



That is the whole paper yes. Someone back in 1836 had obviously cut it out of some kind of ledger book. It is the oldest item I own! Imagine if it was of the Blackwoods who had actually wrote this ledger!
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Re: Amazing find in Victorian George Elliot Book!

Postby Cybele » Fri Jun 20, 2014 3:44 pm

How very cool!
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Re: Amazing find in Victorian George Elliot Book!

Postby Raphael » Sat Jun 21, 2014 12:46 pm

Cybele wrote:How very cool!


It is ..I rang the man in the bookshop to tell him and he then proceeded to tell me he has books dating from the 1500s!!!! :o He is gonna show me them.
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Re: Amazing find in Victorian George Elliot Book!

Postby BrokenLyre » Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:51 am

That is awesome Raphael. Really cool find. I would go back to that store again. If you open the papers, take pics and post them.
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Re: Amazing find in Victorian George Elliot Book!

Postby Raphael » Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:52 am

BrokenLyre wrote:That is awesome Raphael. Really cool find. I would go back to that store again. If you open the papers, take pics and post them.


I go to this bookshop a lot BL! The papers are as you see them- fragments.
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