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Faust as Satire

Faust as Satire

30th April 2020

Among the Faust–related items included in our Anglo-German Cultural Relations catalogue, item 214 may be the most charming. Faust and ‘Phisto is a cheeky example of Victorian Goetheana that appeared in the Sixteenth Season of Beeton’s Christmas Annual (London, Ward, Lock, and Tyler, 1875). ‘In “Faust and ’Phisto” Goethe’s famous creation will be adapted and […]

Inscribed by Queen Victoria

Inscribed by Queen Victoria

25th February 2020

The story of Anglo-German cultural relations is inextricably linked with the British royal family, particularly in the Victorian era. This connection is perhaps most apparent in item of 204 of Anglo-German Cultural Relations (also listed as no. 16 in our New York book fair list): an inscribed copy of the first edition of German Hymns […]

The Crystal House which Albert Built

The Crystal House which Albert Built

20th February 2020

No catalogue on Anglo-German cultural relations would be complete without at least one mention of Prince Albert and the Great Exhibition. One of our favourite things in the catalogue is item 191, a very rare and attractive Great Exhibition souvenir. Taking inspiration from the popular nursery rhyme ‘The House that Jack built’, the large cotton […]

Here we come a wassailing

Here we come a wassailing

20th December 2019

What better way to end our Christmas carol countdown than with a rousing round of ‘Here we come a wassailing‘? The words were first published in Husk’s book of carols in 1864 (which we blogged about this past Tuesday), whose sources included a Manchester chapbook and a broadside printed in Bradford, c.1850 (Keyte, p. 545). […]

A Booke of Christmas Carols

A Booke of Christmas Carols

18th December 2019

Today we will take a break from our series of ‘first appearances’ of carols to bring you a delightful early Victorian gift book, with chromolithographed illuminations throughout: Joseph Cundall’s A Booke of Christmas Carols, illuminated from Ancient Manuscripts in the British Museum (London, Henry G. Bohn, 1845): ‘After Pickering, the publisher with the most devoted […]

It came upon the midnight clear

It came upon the midnight clear

16th December 2019

As with many of our favourite Christmas carols, ‘It came upon the midnight clear’ first appears (with its tune) in a Victorian publication: Arthur Sullivan‘s Church Hymns with Tunes (London, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1874): ‘This fine Christmas hymn is a meditation on man’s wilful deafness to the message of the angels, and, not […]