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Commonplace Books: A History of Manuscripts and Printed Books form Antiquity to the Twentieth Century / Havens, Earle., 2001

Identifier: CC-48473-69502

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Scope and Contents

The Sackner Archive holds an anonymous Victorian scrapbook or commonplace book on the subjects of 1) Anagrams, 2) Charades, 3) Enigmas, 4) Epigrams, 5) Epigraphs, 6) Rebuses, 7) Conundrums, 7) Sermons, 8) Puzzles, 9) Maxims, 10) Musick, 11) Transpositions, 12) Matrimony, 13) Miscellaneous Drolleries, 14) Drawings & Prints, 15) Prose, 16) Verse, 17) Blank-Verse, and 18) Parodies. This exhibition catalogue portrayed the collection of rare books and manuscripts that was displayed at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library from late July to September, 2001 The event was presented in two parts: (1) the meaning of "commonplace" and how it developed over the centuries and (2) how manuscripts were used in scholarly studies. Commonplace Books contains descriptions from titles such as the first modern history of commonplace books Polyhistor, literarius, philosophicus et practicus. -- Source of annotation: Marvin or Ruth Sackner.


  • Creation: 2001



0 See container summary (1 soft cover book (99 pages)) ; 30.2 x 24.3 x .8 cm

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Physical Location

ref shelf commonplace book

Custodial History

The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, on loan from Ruth and Marvin A. Sackner and the Sackner Family Partnership.


Published: New Haven, Connecticut : Beinecke Library Yale. Nationality of creator: American. General: Added by: RUTH; updated by: MARVIN.

Repository Details

Part of the The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry Repository

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