The Commonplace Book: A Knowledge Journal

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This beautiful modern-day "commonplace book" can be used as a focused thought journal to collect ideas, observations, knowledge, and more-for present-day reflection and future inspiration. A commonplace book is a kind of uber diary of miscellany-an autobiography of the mind-that's been used since the Middle Ages. Commonplace books were kept by everyone from Leonardo da Vinci to Virginia Woolf, and now the practice is once again gaining in popularity.

These intellectual scrapbooks can be filled with entries of many kinds: from quotes, excerpts, and poems to prayers, recipes, and memorabilia. There's a blank table of contents in front to catalog entries and build over time. It also includes a brief introduction, numbered pages, and a customizable index in back.

Readers can use this book to create their own personalized encyclopedia-a unique, physical manifestation of interests and passions.

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Orders up to £30 are charged a flat fee of £4.95

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Usual UK delivery timescale (excluding custom prints) is between 5 and 7 working days from the date of dispatch. Please allow up to 14 working days for delivery. For custom print delivery pricing and timescales see below.

Royal Mail industrial action taking place in 2023 may have an impact on delivery times to all destinations both within the UK and internationally. These delays are out of our control. 

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Custom Prints

Your prints and frames will be handmade by King & McGaw at their Sussex workshop.

Unframed orders are shipped within 5 working days (normally shipped next day).

Framed orders are shipped within 20 working days.

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SKU: 9781454951568