The Circling Year


Pictures from The Circling Year for 1870, which took illustrations and articles from two magazines, The Leisure Hour and The Sunday at Home.

There are a mixture of hand-tinted lithographs, chromos, and hand-coloured engravings.

I bought this book at Alphabet Books in Port Colborne, Ontario, in September 2017.

[picture: Front Cover - The Circling Year]

Front Cover - The Circling Year

The cover of this book is still a strong blue after over 140 years, and the gold is (of course) still gold. [more...] [$]

[picture: Vintage gold circular leaf border or frame]

Vintage gold circular leaf border or frame

Today people looking at this circular wreath design stamped in gold would think first of Christmas: there’s holly and ivy and what could pass for ornaments. But if you look more closely it represents the whole year, [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Frontispiece: The Snow Sweepers (1865)]

Frontispiece: The Snow Sweepers (1865)

A man in boots and tall hat, scarf, jacket and rolled-up trousers, stands on the steps of a grand front porch with stone columns while two faces peer out of a window in this city scne. A boy on the street holds a snow-shovel in one gloveless hand and has his other had in his pocket. He wears a cap and scarf. A doog looks on in the snow-covered street [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Title page for Circling the Year]

Title page for Circling the Year

The title page for ‘Circling the Year”for 1870 has a leafy border framing two large flowers at the top, and representations of the year beneath: spring with flowers; summer with warmth from a starry sky; the autumn [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: The Village Blacksmith]

The Village Blacksmith

The blacksmith stands wearing his boiler suit; he has a hammer in one upraised hand ready to strike hot metal on his anvil; perhaps he is making a horseshoe or maybe it’s a manacle for a slave. In the background his apprentice keeps the fire going; in the foreground, standing next to a mighty tree whose branches seem to support the [...] [more...] [$]

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