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[BKARTS] civil war diaries



This was a common form of wallet binding. I've had several of them over the years, and am now looking at one quite similar that was manufactured in England: Harwood's Diary with an Almanack for 1851 A label on the inside says: Harwood's Improved Patent Memorandum Book with Metallic Pencil and further text explaining about the pencil, which is not present in this copy. The front cover has a pocket fold and opens at the foredge for the insertion of cards, etc. The binding is tight-back, sewn with link-stitches, no cords or tapes. The tab-flap on this book wraps from the front cover and inserts in the leather strap on the back cover. If the photo of the Civil War diary at http://miley.wlu.edu/Readerdiary/ is showing the front cover, which is not stated, then the flap on that one comes from the back cover and slots in the front, though it could be the photo is inverted.

I took a few snapshots for you and put them up at http://minsky.com/harwood-1851.htm

Richard
http://minsky.com

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