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Re: Commonplace, scrap and other books ...


I have come across a book containing 137 engraved plates of
insects. It has a date of 1805 in it but no title pages or other means
of identification. On the spine it has, in gold in two lines, the words
"Insect Plates" which might suggest it was part of a set.

To relate this to the discussion subject, the engravings are all on the
recto side with the verso blank. Many of the verso pages have what
appear to be contemprary ink comments about the insect(s) on the
facing page. Would anyone care to hazard a guess whether this was
the intended purpose of the blank page (is grangerised the term?) or
just a happy convenience for the owner?

Thank you

Lawrence Roberts

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