The Old English Baron

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The Old English Baron

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May 21, 2011, 8:18 am

I own a 1802 copy of The Old English Baron, a Gothic Story by Clara Reeves :

I thought you might be interested in seing the plates illustrating the book. So, here is one scan - sorry for the mediocre quallity but, as you know it is difficult to scan pages from antique books without damaging them (I can post four other ones, if you like) :

May 21, 2011, 8:19 am

Clara Reeve*

Edited: May 21, 2011, 9:15 am

Go ahead - I, for one, am always attracted by old illustrations (well, any illustrations, really - a bit a lot of the kid still in me, I suppose).

If you do post them, you might like to put a link to here from the 'Interesting Editons' thread.

May 21, 2011, 9:43 am

Wow, that's lovely, Myriades! This is a title one doesn't much hear of, either. Thanks for sharing! :)

May 21, 2011, 11:19 am

rankamateur and veilofisis, I'm glad you are interested. I'm sorry I don't know how to post smaller images. I hope it isn't too great a nuisance...

So here are the other ones. They are all etchings by Chapman (see the mention "I. Chapman sc." in the bottom-right-hand corner). I don't know who did the original drawings (they are only described as "elegant engravings from new designs" :

The last one is the frontispiece :

May 21, 2011, 11:21 am

My mistake - I posted the same image twice. :(

Here is the frontispiece :

May 21, 2011, 12:39 pm

Lovely! It's not a nuisance to post them large; I prefer it!

May 21, 2011, 1:00 pm

I love the caption in #1--" this our child?"--I suppose it's the armoured knight asking of the bride-like woman. One MUST learn the story behind the scene!

May 21, 2011, 8:20 pm

Fantastic illos.