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John Riley Marsh commonplace book

Ms. Codex 1728

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Marsh, John Riley, 1806-1868
Title:
John Riley Marsh commonplace book
Date:
1829
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 1728
Extent:
1 volume (+ 1 photograph)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Commonplace book consisting of poems and songs kept by John Riley Marsh of Alvaston, Grange, Alvaston, Derbyshire, England written in 1829.
Cite as:
John Riley Marsh commonplace book, 1829, Ms. Codex 1728, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

John Riley Marsh was born at Staffordshire, England. Marsh had an early career in pottery at Burslem and later settled at Alvaston Grange, Alvaston, Derbyshire where he was a land owner. In 1858 he married Eliza Thornley and they had at least two children, Clive John Riley and Emiline Constance Mand Marsh.

Scope and Contents

This burgundy, leather-bound volume has gilt tooling, stamped border decorations, and a brass clasp with a key. The spine of the volume is stamped in gold with "Album." Contained inside the volume's gilt-edged leaves is the commonplace book kept by John Riley Marsh. On the endpaper verso is Marsh's signature and a stamp displaying his crest of a horse head atop a crown with Marsh's name below. It appears that the volume was written in 1829. The book consists of poems and songs with sentimental themes of love, chivalry, and remembrances. Some items have attributions followed by the date. Examples of items in the volume include "Stars" by Frederick Muller, "Meet me at sunset" by Alaric A. Watts, "Praise of love" by Ariosto, and "Tyrants and slaves" by William Kennedy. There is a song entitled "To the new year 1829" and an epigram by J. P. Meagher. Laid in the volume is a photograph of a cruise ship with passengers disembarking on shore. The handwritten poems and songs comprise the first twenty leaves of the volume; the remainder is blank. The watermark "John Hall 1828," appears throughout the volume.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  December 2015

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

This codex is available and open for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by Lesley Aitchison (Bristol, United Kingdom), 2015.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Codices (bound manuscripts)
  • Commonplace books
  • Manuscripts, English--19th century
  • Poems
Subject(s)
  • English poetry--19th century

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Collection Inventory

Volume

John Riley Marsh commonplace book, 1829. 1 volume (+ 1 photograph).

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