Title: Handwritten Commonplace Book of Poetry of Martha Robertson, with a Partial Composition on Lord Byron’s Death, May 1829
Author: Martha Robertson
A manuscript commonplace book of poetry for a Martha Robertson, dating from 1822, and written in a flowing script of the Georgian era. There is also a partial composition for the esteemed poet Lord Byron, and his death, with one piece entitled Byron’s Farewell.
The manuscript is full of numerous poems on love, life, and women in general. From works entitled The Bride’s Farewell, Hope, Woman’s Love, Mind of Beauty, a poem just entitled Women, and more, this book provides interesting insight into the mind of a female poet of the early 19th century, especially one such as prolific as Martha, though many of these poems are undoubtedly that of famed poets of the era. There are numerous epitaphs and epigrams, with one such being the Epitaph on the Lady Mary Villiers by Thomas Carew.
One musical rhyming poem of note has 10 sections alone, with very strong and bold handwriting in contrast to the majority of the otherwise fine but hard to read script.
Several small views and illustrations have been pasted into the book, with an even smaller number having been hand colored.
One commonplace manuscript in quarto, 257 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with wear and rubbing at the boards, corners and spine. There is minor foxing or staining throughout.