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More ruins! This book is very large in size, not just page number, and also has a tight binding, so sometimes photographing the engravings is a challenge. I left these “au naturel” so you could see the lighting issues I have to deal with in the basement archives. From the book Henry Boswell, Historical descriptions of new and elegant picturesque views of the antiquities of England and Wales: being a grand copper-plate repository of elegance, taste, and entertainment. Containing a new and complete collection of superb views of all the most remarkable ruins and antient buildings, such as abbeys, castles, monasteries, priories…(London: Alex. Hogg, 1786).

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A printer’s ornament featuring a library; the flourishes are more grand than the shelves of books, but I adore this print. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first “lending library” mentioned in print was in 1595. Between the mid-1600s and “the end of the eighteenth century, over two hundred endowed libraries are known to have been established in England alone, and existed due to the private library collections of individual benefactors or occasionally to multiple benefactors,” according to Wikipedia.
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A printer’s ornament featuring a library; the flourishes are more grand than the shelves of books, but I adore this print. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first “lending library” mentioned in print was in 1595. Between the mid-1600s and “the end of the eighteenth century, over two hundred endowed libraries are known to have been established in England alone, and existed due to the private library collections of individual benefactors or occasionally to multiple benefactors,” according to Wikipedia.

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Portrait of Confucious, frontispiece to vol. 1 of J.-B. Du Halde (1674-1743), The General History of China: containing a geographical, historical, chronological, political and physical description of the empire of China, Chinese-Tartary, Corea and Thibet; including an exact and particular account of their customs, manners, ceremonies, religion, arts and sciences; the whole adorn’d with curious maps, and variety of copper-plates (London: J. Watts, 1741), 3rd ed. corr.
I really cannot get enough of 18th-century travel literature, in case you haven’t already noticed. The engravings in so many of these large format travel books are positively magnificent.
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Portrait of Confucious, frontispiece to vol. 1 of J.-B. Du Halde (1674-1743), The General History of China: containing a geographical, historical, chronological, political and physical description of the empire of China, Chinese-Tartary, Corea and Thibet; including an exact and particular account of their customs, manners, ceremonies, religion, arts and sciences; the whole adorn’d with curious maps, and variety of copper-plates (London: J. Watts, 1741), 3rd ed. corr.

I really cannot get enough of 18th-century travel literature, in case you haven’t already noticed. The engravings in so many of these large format travel books are positively magnificent.

For more travel literature of the 18th century, and how various cultures around the world influenced each other in that era of circumnavigation, read Eighteenth-Century Fiction journal online via institutional subscription at Project MUSE: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/eighteenth_century_fiction/

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Princess Louisa & Princess Caroline The youngest daughters of Frederick, Prince of Wales: Princess Louisa (Blue) and Princess Caroline (Yellow), by Francis Cotes circa 1767 (via KikiA19)

Adding some colour to the Tumblr this week with a few reblogs from other excellent 18th-century feeds.
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Princess Louisa & Princess Caroline
The youngest daughters of Frederick, Prince of Wales: Princess Louisa (Blue) and Princess Caroline (Yellow), by Francis Cotes circa 1767 (via KikiA19)

Adding some colour to the Tumblr this week with a few reblogs from other excellent 18th-century feeds.

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This book reminds me of how much fun I used to have reading through encyclopedias and illustrated dictionaries when I was a child: yes, I was that kid. The illustrations of various trades and occupations are remarkably detailed for their small size and woodcut print technology.

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A young woman learns about generating electricity in this engraving entitled “A New Electrical Machine for the Table,” from Benjamin Martin (1705-82), The Young Gentleman and Lady’s Philosophy, in a continued survey of the works of nature and art; by way of dialogue. … Illustrated by … copper-plates. The second edition corrected, vol. 1 (London: W. Owen, 1772). I love how science and philosophy were all mixed together in this period, with practitioners called “philosophers” well into the nineteenth century, when the term “scientist” was coined and brought into general usage.
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A young woman learns about generating electricity in this engraving entitled “A New Electrical Machine for the Table,” from Benjamin Martin (1705-82), The Young Gentleman and Lady’s Philosophy, in a continued survey of the works of nature and art; by way of dialogue. … Illustrated by … copper-plates. The second edition corrected, vol. 1 (London: W. Owen, 1772). I love how science and philosophy were all mixed together in this period, with practitioners called “philosophers” well into the nineteenth century, when the term “scientist” was coined and brought into general usage.

For more about women and science/philosophy in the 18th century, read Eighteenth-Century Fiction journal online via institutional subscription at Project MUSE: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/eighteenth_century_fiction/

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I adore the more luscious printers’ ornaments, overflowing with peonies in the first example and several types of fruit in the second. Not many engravers signed their ornament work, but Caron was proud of his illustration in the second image, signing his name among the leaves. I’m back at work this week, but have to catch up on all the journal business, so only a brief rumination for this post.

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People of the 18th-century leisure class knew how to entertain themselves. Painting offered hours of “heureusement,” for both the artist and the sitters. An evening filled with musical diversions was typical following supper in a wealthy household. Looks like the painter in the top image has a critic leaning over his shoulder (an early version of a troll?), and the woman at the harpsichord has a rather ardent fan leaning on her chair (let’s hope he’s just reading the sheet music so he can sing along).

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