Manuscript compilation of conduct and etiquette in proverbial form, with the ink autograph note to the upper wrapper, “S. E. Knight, 1863.”. Proverbial Wisdom, S. E. Knight.

Manuscript compilation of conduct and etiquette in proverbial form, with the ink autograph note to the upper wrapper, “S. E. Knight, 1863.”

N. p., but England, 1863. Lined pocket ledger, approx. 6.25 x 3.75 inches, original plaid wrappers, 13 pages of closely-written manuscript. Some light toning; a lovely patterned paper wrapper and legible commonplace book, in very good condition. Item #17962

Chesterfield redivivus: from the first section title, “Good Advice” on down through the final piece of “Advice for Boys,” a remarkable compilation of proverbial gems ranging from “Do not set up to preach, when you are only called upon to practice,” to “Do not sit dumb in company. That looks either like pride, cunning, or stupidity,” to “Pardon others often, yourself seldom.” With the pencil name “Ada” below that of S. E. Knight on the front wrapper. No doubt a number of these are taken from standard sources; Tupper’s shadow would of course be expected to loom over the text, though a random sampling of maxims here points to such sources as James Burgh and other as-yet unidentified fonts of wisdom.

Price: $225.00

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