'BARCLAY'S UNIVERSAL ENGLISH DICTIONARY' -Title Page c.1840s
An interesting and attractive 19th title page to Barlclay's Universal English Dictionary* (London: G. Virtue, 1840s) showing a young Queen Victoria seated on a throne. This early version was subsequentally altered to show a change of hairstyle and cover some of the Queen's modesty as it was considered too revealing.
*'Barclay's Universal Dictionary', first published in 1774, was a popular book during the 19th Century. Originally devised by Rev. James Barclay, the dictionary was intended to provide the masses with affordable Christian knowledge. From 1841, the publication was expanded to include county maps by Thomas Moule. The Moule maps were unusual for the period due to their highly decorative nature and have remained popular to this day.
- This is an original steel engraving with later hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 18.4cms by 26cms.
- The engraving is in very good condition. The top of the engraving is close (crown) to the paper edge but still mountable with little loss. Click on image for a better view.
- The item comes displayed in a ready to frame museum quality mount.
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- Guaranteed to be over 160 years old.