Some images from Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour by Robert Smith Surtees (1805 – 1864) and illustrated by John Leech (New York, Stringer and Townsend, 1856). Surtee used the pseudonym Frank Forester for some editions, but in this case the book was anonymous.
A decorative initial letter “W” with the W made from four fence-posts or tree-trunks, and with two men wearing hats, each riding a horse about to pass through one or other half of the letter. This illustrating was used as an eighteen-line drop cap in the book, and is suitable or accompanying text on horse-riding, [...] [more...]
In this vignetted decorative initial a man wears a top hat and rides a “horse” made from a quill (feather) pen towards an upturned book, laying with the pages partly open and the spine uppermost as if set down by a careless reader, with a giant capital letter “T” in the background. Perhaps the rider is imagined by the reader, or by the writer. [...] [more...]
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