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Eliza Hebden's Yorkshire Commonplace Book

Eliza Hebden's Yorkshire Commonplace Book by HEBDEN Eliza A (1821)

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Author: HEBDEN Eliza A
Title: Eliza Hebden's Yorkshire Commonplace Book
Year: 1821
Publisher: Unpublished
Place: Thorp Arch near Leeds
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
Price: £250
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[pp] 130. Yorkshire commonplace collection cum friendship album by a young woman, Eliza Hebden, who grew up in Thorp Arch near Leeds - now the home of the British Library's reserve collections. Contributors include Robert Remmington (J Remington was the vicar of Thorp Arch), 'J Hebden', 'J.M.A.' and 'R.O.' - R Oldfield. Small quarto, half red morocco with Hebden's initials on a morocco label on the front cover: 'E.A.H.'; her ownership signature in pencil faintly visible on the first blank with two childish Simpson signatures in 'Aberford' (about 10 miles away) from the 1860s - perhaps those of Hebden's children or even grandchildren. The collection begins with a poem about Hebden's village: 'Thorp Arch March 19h 1821' which is an ode to spring and the swallow written by 'R.O.'. Other contents include 'Epitaph on an Infant', 'an Anecdote which may equally interest Americans and Englishmen' about the much anthologised decision by an English sniper not to shoot George Washington and a passage 'Extracted from Mary Brunton's Emmerline' (a novel by an Orcadian Scottish writer) and, of course, Lord Byron on the night before Waterloo. A single vignette and one watercolour only executed below a poem written in Hare Hills, then a village near Leeds - now inner city. Yorkshire scenery is present in a poem 'Written on the Banks of the Wharfe' which flows through Thorp Arch (and is before me as I write this description). Eliza herself is apostrophised in a poem 'To Eliza' and particularly interesting is the glimpse of trade in a four line 'Epigram by a Yorkshireman on the Ladies being appointed to sell the Finery at the Leeds Bazaar' followed by 'Lines on the burial place set apart for those who died of Cholera at Sheffield ...' (possibly 1832) and the ensuing poem written on 'Dec 5th, appointed as a day of public thanksgiving for the abatement of Cholera in Leeds.'
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