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C. Penny & Son

The original velvet paper memorandum book, with metallic pencil : the writing is warranted as secure as with ink.

[London] : Manufactured by C. Penny & Son, wholesale stationers, Bow Lane, Cheapside, London, [ca. 1840]
Physical Description:
[36] leaves ; 12 cm + 1 mettallic pencil
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Z45.C2 O75 1840 Flat
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Cover title, on printed label.
The firm of C. Penny & Son was active at this address from 1837 to 1841. See: Todd, W.B. A directory of printers and others in allied trades, London and vicinity, 1800-1840.
"Hall's patent."--Head of front cover.
"Beware of spurious imitations."--Foot of front cover.
Back cover with publisher's advertisement for a "New list of stamps."
BAC: British Art Center copy is completely blank throughout. In original wrappers, with the mettallic pencil.
Blank notebook in which the pages are treated to react with a metallic pencil; the paper has a silky or velvety feel. The accompanying metallic pencil is also 12 cm in length and encased in wood. Writing made with the metallic pencil on this paper was meant to be indelible. Charles Darwin used velvet paper notebooks for some of his field journals.
Subject Terms:
C. Penny & Son -- Publisher.
Writing -- Materials and instruments.
Pencils (drawing and writing equipment)

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