We just adore such item of early 19th century ephemera. This is a wonderful early Victorian folio made with loving care and attention by its original owner; perhaps whilst on holiday in the popular seaside resort of the Isle of Wight. The embossed board album covers have the retailers details of Barritt, London incorporated within the fancy embossed cover designs. We also see central rectangular vignettes with individual pencil sketches of a castle ruins and rural farm with figures in both foregrounds. The owner also decorated her album with gold foil embellishments.The Post Office London directory of 1843 has the firm of Barritt & Co listed as wholesale Bible and Prayer Book Warehouse and Embossers of Book Covers 173, Fleet Street, London.
To the interior is a selection of 12 original line engravings of Isle of White; with the majority of these topographical scene vignettes printed on fancy double leaf notepaper.
We see an engraving on double leaf ornamental paper with plate marks of Shanklin Beach, Near The Chine, Engraved by P Brannon, Published by G Brannon, Wotton, June 18, 1839.
An engraving on double leaf ornamental paper of Shanklin Chine, isle of Wight (Descent to the beach) P Brannon delt et sculpt, Published by G Brannon, Wotton, June 1st 1842.
An engraving on double leaf ornamental paper of Osborne, Isle of Wight, the marine Residence of Her Most Gracious majesty. Drawn and engraved by G Brannon. Published by the Engr Wotton, IW, June 20 1844.Irish-born George Brannon was a published and bookseller and long time resident on the Isle of Wight (IOW).
An engraving on double leaf ornamental paper of The Pulpit Rock, Bonchurch looking towards Ventnor. No printed publishers details but an oval embossed stamp top left corner, Howden, Newport possibly?
An engraving on double leaf ornamental paper of Ventnor, Isle of Wight. London, J & F Harwood, 26 Fenchurch Street.
An engraving on double leaf ornamental paper of Carisbrook Castle, Isle of Wight. J Greig fecit. J & F Harwood 26 Fenchurch Street, London. No 32
Six further double leaf ornamental paper engravings by J & F Harwood 26 Fenchurch Street, London. J Harwood was a popular printer of British topographical scenes. He was also well known for publishing fancy stationary, illustrated with engraved vignettes.
Included are the following scenes Brading Isle of Wight Augst 1840 No 121 Village of Carisbrook Isle of Wight Oct 26 1840 No 137 Shanklin Chine Feb 20 1841 No 155 Entrance to Carisbrook March 1 1841 No 149 The Needles (Isle of Wight) July 27 1841 No 210 Black Gang Chine - Isle of Wight No 208 July 6 1841
Size: Folio 7.5" by 8.5". Each double leaf engraving sheet 9" by 7.25"
Condition: The thick board covers are a little grubby with age and handling. The spine has a crack. The original ribbon ties are missing (an easy fix). The original engravings are in good, non foxed order with minor curls/ creasing to the corners.
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