Blackie and Son Limited was a publishing house that was founded in 1809 by John Blackie and in 1819 began printing. Initially, they published books sold by subscription but later the firm switched to single volumes, particularly educational texts and children’s books, taking advantage of compulsory education from 1870. The company ceased publishing in 1991.
The print definition and quality are typical of that time period, although this print is on fairly high grade paper, yet it is still lacking much of the sharp clarity that is available today with offset printing but adds timeless charm to this beautiful print. The colors are as vibrant today as when published 80+ years ago, and offer a glimpse into art created at the turn of the century and how the Victorian age of discovery opened new worlds in the education of children.
There is slight yellowing of the paper around the actual image as well as some darker aging around the page edges. The rough edge from the binding has been removed but that is the only "altering" that has taken place (the interior edge has been trimmed). Prints are carefully mounted on mats to simplify framing after purchase and to protect the print during display/shipment. All mat materials are acid and lignin free, the actual print is not archival safe. The original book measured approximately 5x8” but the book plate is being sold custom matted to fit in an 8x10 standard frame.
Vintage book illustrations are always the perfect decorating choice for any room in your home or office. They also make great gifts for any occasion - weddings, birthdays, baby gifts - as they are always charming, unique and unusual. Browse our store for other antique illustrations in this series to complete a matching wall grouping or for other areas of interest.
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