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Catchpenny prints; 163 popular engravings from the eighteenth century

Author: Bowles & Carver.
Publisher: New York, Dover Publications ©1970
Series: Dover pictorial archive series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Before the invention of photography, in the days when illustrated books were inordinately costly, one means of satisfying the universal human desire for pictures was the so-called "catch-penny." This was an engraved sheet of paper, sometimes filled with illustrations, sometimes with verse, sometimes with both, but hawked on the streets of London for a penny. Millions of these broadsides must have been printed in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
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Bookplates
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Catchpenny prints.
New York, Dover Publications [1970]
(OCoLC)988271674
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bowles & Carver.
ISBN: 0486225690 9780486225692
OCLC Number: 227790
Notes: "The pictures have been selected from a series of engravings ... published in London in the late 1780's and early 1790's by the firm of Bowles and Carver. All the illustrations are reproduced in original size from original impressions".
Description: vii pages, 163 pages of illustrations 28 cm.
Series Title: Dover pictorial archive series.
Responsibility: originally published by Bowles and Carver.
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Before the invention of photography, in the days when illustrated books were inordinately costly, one means of satisfying the universal human desire for pictures was the so-called "catch-penny." This was an engraved sheet of paper, sometimes filled with illustrations, sometimes with verse, sometimes with both, but hawked on the streets of London for a penny. Millions of these broadsides must have been printed in the 18th century, but most of them have perished or lie inaccessible in the print collection of the great libraries. Plebeian humor, vital, earthy, is the chief characteristic of this range of prints: familiar types of the day, perhaps individuals (Peggy Bacon-face, Squire Somebody, Bet Boozer); the characters of literature (Sir John Falstaff, in a particularly gross form); birds and animals, by artists who surely never saw them; children's born-book sheets, with alphabets, objects to be spelled, early nursery rhymes, including the first appearance of certain Mother Goose rhymes; ladies of fashion; Captain Macheath and Lucy Locket from The Beggar's Opera; great ships; trades, occupations, street cries; the Royal Family; the traditional heroes of England; puzzle pictures -- find the giant; soldiers; The Wonderful Pig; and a host of others.

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