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The Cambridge Greek Play

The Cambridge Greek Play

12th August 2021

Yesterday I published my annual summer Theatre list, and I thought I would share here details of one of the items featured. It is a series of etchings published to commemorate the first Cambridge Greek Play, from 1883. ‘The tradition of performing a Greek play in Cambridge goes back to 1882, when the very first […]

Illustrations of the Drama

Illustrations of the Drama

22nd July 2021

As I wrote last week, I am currently cataloguing new material for a Theatre list, which will go out next month. I love lithography, and so was particularly interested in researching this, from 1823: It’s an apparently unrecorded publication: four fine large hand-coloured lithograph portraits of four leading performers of the day, each accompanied by […]

Pasternak illustrates Tolstoy

Pasternak illustrates Tolstoy

9th June 2021

No, not Boris Pasternak, the author of Dr Zhivago. His father, Leonid, who was an artist. This is a copy of the edition of Resurrection, Tolstoy’s last major novel, printed and published in England, away from the Russian censor, in 1900. It is the first complete edition to feature Pasternak’s classic illustrations. It was decided […]

In the pink

In the pink

12th November 2020

Later today, the Boston Virtual Book Fair will go live. Regular customers will already have received a copy of my fair list, to get a sneak peek at what I shall be showing. I thought this week on the blog I’d write about one of those books. Published in Budapest in 1922, this is a […]

The Musical Bouquet

The Musical Bouquet

2nd October 2020

This is a copy of the first edition of The Musical Bouquet (1799) by the Welsh harpist Edward Jones (1752–1824); the etched frontispiece is by Rowlandson. ‘Bard to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales’ as the title-page here styles him, he had moved to London from Llandderfel in 1774.  ‘The harp was very fashionable […]

Freischutzism

Freischutzism

8th July 2020

A few years ago, I wrote about an early piece of English lithographed music, from the 1820s. As I said at the time, British music publishers largely neglected lithography in the first four decades of the nineteenth century, but it did serve its purpose well for William Hawkes Smith’s privately-printed music with his own illustrations […]