In the Grip of the Corsair

Pictures, ornaments and decorative initials from In the Grip of the Corsair by Robert Leighton (1859 – 1934), with illustrations by Maynard Brown (1840 – 1902); an example of juvenile fiction primarily intended for boys.

Leighton was a British author who died more than 70 years ago, so the original UK editions (such as this) are out of copyright.

Maynard Brown was a British artist; he is mentioned as exhibiting at the Royal Academy and elsewhere from 1878, but became a commercial artist and illustrated a number of children’s books. He died around 1902, more than 70 years ago, so the pictures are out of copyright.

[picture: Initial letter T with sundial and scythe]

Initial letter T with sundial and scythe

This capital letter “T” is a vignetted initial—that is, an initial letter with a drawing around it rather than inside it. The vignette, or scene, shows a fluted stone pillar or pedestal with a sundial on the top of it, next to a scythe with its long curved wooden handle and sharp curved blade. These are of course symbols of the passage of time and [...] [more...]



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