While at the antique store a few weeks ago, I came across this really old book. For four dollars, I couldn't resist.
It's like I've found a lost Tolkien manuscript! Not sure why the newspaper was there...
Penmanship was much more important to those who were educated, and this guy clearly had a steady hand (probably several hours of good instruction too). That German script is so gorgeous, but as you can tell from the last picture, some of the pages were torn out. Only ten pages of text remain and the rest are blank.
Before I put my own pen to these pages, I'd like to have the diary portion translated. I'm not sure what the cover is made of, but the paper and binding are really nice.
Anybody know someone who's fluent?