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1889 diary p5 books
« on: Wednesday 31 January 18 20:05 GMT (UK) »
Dear Friends, Here is some text that I have long struggled with. I have made some guesses, other words are just xxs

The writer has been given access to, and permission to use, the library of a large country house while the owner is away.

"Had a good look thro library yesterday afternoon about 2000 vols many of stamp of books “without which etc” standard histories biographies bound reviews law etc some old editions of Spencer, Dryden, Pope, The Spectator, Ben Johnson some new novels Dickens Thackeray Ouida etc no old novels Fielding Smollet etc. Borrowed 4 vols of Domestic some for art works architecture of Middle ages….on landscape painting. 1 vol of Swift Gulliver  - interesting in its way as a story tho coarse miss most of cleaverness I believe thro not appreciating satire, the contests between big endians & small endians high & low heels tight rope dancing +"

Any ideas much appreciated.

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Re: 1889 diary p5 books
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 31 January 18 21:17 GMT (UK) »
I think your missing author after 'Dickens Thackeray' will be Ouida.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouida

Could the word prior to 'law' be 'various'? (not hopeful!)

Could the word after "Swift Gulliver' be 'merely'? Surely 'rel' at the end, and starts with an 'm'.
If you look at the word 'architecture' in the line above, he does that long swoop up from the letter before to then form the 'r'. And sometimes his 'e's are just straight lines down.
Lane, Burgess: Cheshire. Finney, Rogers, Gilman:Derbys
Cochran, Nicol, Paton, Bruce:Scotland. Bertolle:London
Bainbridge, Christman, Jeffs: Staffs

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Re: 1889 diary p5 books
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 31 January 18 21:23 GMT (UK) »
Could the word prior to 'law' be 'various'?

Or maybe ... bound reviews law etc. ?

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Re: 1889 diary p5 books
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 31 January 18 21:29 GMT (UK) »
I think you're right Bookbox.
Getting more of an eye for the formation of his letters now.
That word starts with an 'r', then a distinctive 'e', then 'v, i,e' squashed 'w' and 's.
Lane, Burgess: Cheshire. Finney, Rogers, Gilman:Derbys
Cochran, Nicol, Paton, Bruce:Scotland. Bertolle:London
Bainbridge, Christman, Jeffs: Staffs

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Re: 1889 diary p5 books
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 31 January 18 21:38 GMT (UK) »
What lovely replies.

Ouida is an author I have entirely missed. Now I will have to put that right.

The word before laws starts with r so I am delighted to go with 'reviews'.

'merely' seems inappropriate. Could it be 'masterly'?

Huge thanks goldie 61 and Bookbox.


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Re: 1889 diary p5 books
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 31 January 18 21:39 GMT (UK) »
I think the word after Gulliver has to be an adjective, describing the story. Could be masterly, though I can't see the t. Or it could end -ing, like painting, dancing etc, but not sure ...

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Re: 1889 diary p5 books
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 31 January 18 21:43 GMT (UK) »
Or perhaps interesting ? Looks like the beginning of Indians below ?

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Re: 1889 diary p5 books
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 31 January 18 21:52 GMT (UK) »
You've got it Bookbox - interesting. He has done his uncrossed t and his omitting of the 'in' of 'ing' things.

Thanks again.

I'll amend the first message now

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Re: 1889 diary p5 books
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 31 January 18 21:57 GMT (UK) »
Probably ... thro not appreciating ...

Next word looks like Sater. Wonder if it's meant to be Satire ? Seems to fit the sense.