1672 Inscriptions

The first scribbling appearing on the title page.

In the images no the left and right there are random scribblings of the letters “d” “b” and “r.” Perhaps the owner of the book might have been practicing as at this time he might have learning how to write, as owners of this book could have been as young as 6 or 7. Interestingly enough on the back of the title page leaf (image on the right) the word “orbis” is punctured with a needle or a sharp object thus showing up in mirrored writing along with the black fountain pen markings.

appears upside down

The word on the left which appears upside down next to a scribbling in the textbook, is “Carwardine.” Having researched the word “Carwardine” in newspaper periodicals it only shows up once in The Argus for Saturday, May 13, 1892 on page 10 updating people on the news of Friday evening. The small excerpt reads “several wagon loads came in yesterday, and a local soap maker, W.H. Carwardine, has received an consignment brought up by a traction-engine whereby a considerable saving was effected. The “W.H. Carwardine” which shows up in records comes up with the dates 1855-1929 attached to it showing that he may have been a Reverend and a soap maker and lived for 74 years.

In addition between the years 1761-1824 throughout Gloucester, Middlessex, Sussex, Kent, Worcestershire and Hereford there are 83 records of the name “Carwardine” for both males and females based on the Census and voting records.

If one were to fixate on the article with the name in it coming from the Argus, we must keep in mind that the Argus is a local newspaper based in Brighton and Hove in East Sussex founded in 1880.

The image on the right is at the bottom left of the recto of a leaf and it looks like someone was either practicing or scribbling the letter “f” or long “s.”

Abraham Pearce appears on one of the pages. One of the assumptions is that Abraham Pearce might have been one of the owners of this book at some point. Although the book itself is a 1672 copy, there are two records from England (from the Cornwall census) that Abraham Pearce may have been Christened on the 29th of February 1824 in Crowan, Cornwall and married on the 24th of December 1846 in Crowan Cornwall to Alice Rodda. Another census shows another Abraham Pearce born c. 1825, born in Cornwall and living in Pennington, Lancashire with his wife Esther.

If either of these two were the owners of this copy of the Orbis Pictus, when the article in the Argus came up in 1893 “Abraham Pearce” might have been 67-69 years old.

Of course those are two likely answers, however it may be completely inaccurate as we cannot be sure it was either of the two or an acquaintance of his. It is only an interpretation of what the inscription may mean.

Source: International Genealogical Index, christenings (1813-1869), Batch # C022261; marriages (1754-1854), Batch # M022262; England Census records

The image on the right looks exactly as it does in real life which is indecipherable. The scribbling is in pencil and it goes beneath the page number. It is hard to identify what it says.

“Astronomia confidesat?”

  The image on the left has several inscriptions and signatures (not easily recognizable).

1777 Inscriptions

Back cover

  As mentioned previously, the 1777 copy has been preserved without many markings or tears. The only visible ink inscription on this copy of the book is on the back cover where there are simply a few scribblings. “J Avery is” and “mai” are the potential inscriptions, though not much can be found of what those two might mean due to the limitations on the initial “J” which unlike Abraham Pearce does not have a complete name.