Category Archives: Engravers

There Will Be Fun

“There Will Be Fun”, promises the British Library with its new exhibition on the world of Victorian Entertainments.  And so there is – plenty of it.  The material is drawn mainly from the Library’s Evanion Collection, an extraordinary archive of … Continue reading

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W. J. Adams of Fleet Street

Just back from a delightful couple of days in the north of England working through an extraordinary private collection of early British tourist and guide-books.  My co-author Ashley Baynton-Williams and I are planning on an online supplement of addenda and … Continue reading

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Alias Johnson and Williams

A little quiet on the blog in recent weeks.  Not laziness, at least I hope not, but I’m rather immersed in a substantial piece of research.  When the late Ralph Hyde died last year, he left unfinished his catalogue of … Continue reading

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J. & F. Harwood of Fenchurch Street

I have long admired those occasionally found sheets of decorative Victorian notepaper – a handsomely engraved view of your place of resort at the head of a folded sheet of letter-paper: enough space to write a full four-page letter – … Continue reading

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Augustine Ryther: Two Maps of London

Have I not here the best cards for the game, To win this easy match play’d for a crown? (Shakespeare, King John). I recently mentioned in passing a very early map of London engraved on a playing-card. Here, courtesy of … Continue reading

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Gamesmanship

An unwonted spell of quiet here on the blog lately.  Apologies for that – but not entirely from lack of activity.  A bit of holiday and a long-postponed attempt at reading The Alexandria Quartet in its entirety aside, head and … Continue reading

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Beautiful Science

Wearing my hack’s hat this week, in my guise of reporter-at-large for the ABA website and newsletter.  Off to the British Library, always a pleasure of course, but specifically there on this occasion to take in the press view of … Continue reading

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Selina Hall – Secret Mapmaker

Prompted by acquiring this lovely and interesting Sidney Hall map of London from Tim Bryars – you can (or will shortly) be able read about the map itself on his own blog (Unto the Ends of the Earth – very … Continue reading

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J. T. Wood of the Strand

I occasionally come across these little mid-nineteenth-century engraved views of London landmarks, measuring about six inches by just over four and half, and published by J. T. Wood.  They are generally printed on what I have tended to describe as … Continue reading

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Absences

As you may already have realised, I like books which have a story to tell.  By this I mean not just the book’s own internal narrative, but a copy of the book with its own individual history.  Not necessarily a … Continue reading

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