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Turner’s inscription is not mentioned specifically in Finberg’s Turner Bequest Inventory.1 Although he evidently followed Turner’s wording in coining the title ‘Devonshire Coast No. 1 Sketch Book’,2 he did not place the relevant words in double quotation marks, his usual practice in adopting Turner’s own wording.
The inscription appears to read as given above, although it is difficult to make out against the leather surface, which may have darkened through time and handling. As the inscription is upside down in relation to the foliated sequence of the book, the positions and orientations given above are as read when the book is turned with the clasp to the left and the spine to the right.