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Pictures from Francis Peck’s Desiderata; there are not many pictures in this book, and these are not all as good scans as I should like, unfortunately. I have the second edition, dated 1779. Francis Peck, M.A., was rector of Godeby near Melton in Leicestershire, according to the title page.

Title: Desiderata

Author: Peck, Francis

City: London

Date: 1779

Total items: 7

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: Frontispiece: Francis Peck, A.M.]

Frontispiece: Francis Peck, A.M.

The engraving was taken from life and shows Francis Peck standing, holding some of his own books, and wearing perhaps an academic gown. The inscription [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: View at Leicester, Background Version]

View at Leicester, Background Version

Scaled to make a mediaeval wallpaper (US: medieval wallpaper) or computer desktop background image. [more...] [$]

[picture: View at Leicester]

View at Leicester

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[picture: Burghley House from the Gardens]

Burghley House from the Gardens

A spectacularly beautiful Elizabethan house, Burghley was built by William Cecil, the Lord High Treasurer of Queen Elizabeth I., between 1555 and 1587; William Cecil’s [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Title Page from Peck's Desiderata]

Title Page from Peck’s Desiderata

The title page from this collection of random fascinating articles by Fracis Peck in 1779. I have left it in colour to give a feel for the yellowed paper. The book is over twelve by nine inches in size and two inches thick and the title page presents a solid mass of text in a fashion common in the eighteenth century, at least in England. It was an early [...] [more...] [$]


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Pictures from Francis Peck’s Desiderata; there are not many pictures in this book, and these are not all as good scans as I should like, unfortunately. I have the second edition, dated 1779. Francis Peck, M.A., was rector of Godeby near Melton in Leicestershire, according to the title page.


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