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Georg Hoefnagle. "Oxonium."/"Vindesorium." From Braun & Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum. Volume II. Cologne: Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg, 1575. 14 5/8 x 19 1/8. Engraving by F. Hogenberg. Full hand color. Very good condition. Latin text on verso. Denver.

A lovely sixteenth century print with views of two prominent English sites. The top view shows the town of Oxford from a nearby hill. The many spires of this early center of learning are rendered towering above a rural landscape, with two scholars depicted in the foreground to represent the University. The lower view is a ground-level image of the royal castle of Windsor with an Elizabethan party of men and women walking in the foreground. This print is from Braun and Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum, one of the gems of the early days of modern cartography and topographical illustration. Braun, the editor, and Hogenberg, the engraver, worked for over twenty years to produce their "towns of the world," the first systematic depiction of views of cities throughout the world. This work, issued in six volumes from 1572 to 1617, was a monumental piece of Renaissance learning and was designed to complement Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern atlas. These two atlases, both firsts of their type, were in response to a new interest in the nature of the world by the Western European population. This nascent interest was spurred both by the existence of a growing middle class and the relatively new general availability of printed books. Both of the views in this print were based on drawings by Georg Hoefnagle, a Belgium artist who traveled around Europe in order to produce over 100 of the views for the Civitates. This fine pair of views is an excellent example of the content of one of the greatest volumes of its age and provides a unique first-hand look at Elizabethan England. $1,100

Storer: Jesus College, Oxford
J. Storer or J. Greig. From Prints of Oxford University. Oxford: Cook & Parker, and London: Longmans, Hurst Rees & Orme, 1810. Chine appliqué. c. 7 x 5. Very good condition. Each: $45.

View of Oxford
Prints by R. Ackermann. From A History of The University of Oxford, its Colleges, Halls, and Public Buildings. London: R. Ackermann, 1814. Aquatints. All ca. 8 x 10, except as noted. Original hand-color. Full margins. Excellent condition.

After David Loggan's Oxonia, Ackermann's History of Oxford is the best known of works on that great university. The plates from this volume are justly known as perhaps the aesthetically finest views of the city and its colleges, halls, etc.. Their interesting compositions, many showing students, travelers, dons, and so on, are finely depicted with the excellent engraving and vivid, rich color for which these prints are known. Also included are a series of detailed images of various academic costumes.

Academic Costumes


Magdalen Bridge
"Eastern or London Entrance into Oxford. Ca. 1830. Engraving. 3 x 5 1/2. Very good condition.

A charming engraving shows Magdalen College Bridge, the eastern entrance into Oxford along the High. $50

Whesfell: Magdalene
I. Whesfell. "Magdalene College." Oxford: I. Whesfell and T. Bartlett, 1832. Steel engraving. 9 x 5 1/4 (Plate marks). Very good condition. $60

Tombleson: Oxford
William Tombleson. "Oxford." Steel engraving by William Lacey. London: Tombleson & Co., [1834]. 7 x 9 (plate mark). Very good condition.

A prospect of the city across Port Meadow, with an intricately engraved decorative border featuring the arms of the colleges, etc. Originally published with the part-work series "Tombleson's Views of the Thames and Medway" (London 1833-1834). $85

Prints by F. Mackenzie. From James Ingram's Memorials of Oxford. Oxford: J.H. Parker, 1835. Engravings by John Le Keux. Ca. 3 1/2 x 5 3/4. Very good condition.

A accurate and finely engraved set of views of Oxford. Colleges, gardens, and churches around the town are depicted with great precision and a fine artistic sensibility. These charming images offer a wonderful view of Oxford and its colleges in the first half of the nineteenth century.


Prints by William Alfred Delamotte. From Views of the Colleges Chapels & Gardens of Oxford. London: Thomas Boys, 1842. Lithographs drawn by W. Gauci. Printed by Lefevre. All prints approximately 13 3/4 x 9 3/4 (vertical and horizontal images). Tinted lithographs. Full margins, though some with wear. Overall, fine condition. Ref: Tooley, English Books with Coloured Plates. 1790-1860. #180.

A rare and lovely set of lithographs of Oxford issued in 1842 by Thomas Boys, famous for his similar series of images of London. These large, two-tone lithographs offer a detailed and quite comprehensive image of the colleges, chapels and gardens of the University around the middle of the nineteenth century. The buildings are shown with faithful detail, softly portrayed with a fine hand. Of particular interest are the animated scenes of students, pedestrians, children and animals shown in each image. These lively settings convey a feel for the town which goes well beyond our admiration of its impressive architecture, giving us a privileged look at Oxford of a century and a half ago.


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