The Circling Year (page 2/3)

[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 scene. 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 dog 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: Full-page holly and ivy border, US Letter sized]

Full-page holly and ivy border, US Letter sized

This leafy border features ivy with some holly thwoen in for good measure: it’d be great at Christmas but could be used at other times too. It surrounds the titlepage of the book. [more...]


[picture: By the Sea]

By the Sea

A Victorian sea-side outing, with children palying on the beach, a nanny or mother standing by them holding a boook, and, in the backgorund, a man, perhaps their father, with a top hat and cane. The children are making a sand-castle. They are all fully dressed, [...] [more...]


[picture: A Hole in the Sack]

A Hole in the Sack

A horse has been fitted with a nosebag so it can eat, but the nosebag has a hole in it, and is leaking grain onto the ground. A goat, two chickens and some sparrows are enjoying the grains that [...] [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...]


[picture: Stoke Pogis Churchyard]

Stoke Pogis Churchyard

The churchyard at Stoke Pogis (today written Stoke Poges) was the setting for Thomas Grey’s famous Elegy. [more...]


[picture: For the stranger, the fatherless, the widow]

For the stranger, the fatherless, the widow

This full-page illustration is enclosed in a green and gold border with gold stalks of wheat around an engraving of a woman in old-fashioned clothing harvesting wheat. Underneath the engraving in black and gold is the [...] [more...]


[picture: On the Serpentine]

On the Serpentine

A night-time Winter scene in Victorian London: it’s the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park, and it’s frozen over with ice. People are skatin, carrying burning torches to light their way; in the foreground a man sells roast chestnuts; someone is pushing a passenger on a sleigh, warmly wrapped [...] [more...]


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