New Book | Facing the Text: Extra-illustration

Posted in books by Editor on March 7, 2017

Distributed by Manchester University Press:

Lucy Peltz, Facing the Text: Extra-illustration, Print Culture, and Society in Britain, 1769–1840 (San Marino, Huntington Library Press, 2017), 424 pages, ISBN: 978  08732  82611, $150 / £115.

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, thousands of books were customized with prints and drawings in a practice called extra-illustration. These books were often massively extended, lavishly bound, and prized by their owners as objects of display, status, and exchange. The scale of these compilations as well their interdisciplinary nature—at once literary texts, printed books, art collections, and indexes of visual culture—have typically excluded them from histories of art and literature. In this book, Lucy Peltz maps a history of extra-illustration and its social and cultural meanings, providing a fascinating account of the practice itself and the often colourful personalities who engaged in it. The remarkable contents of key extra-illustrated books are explored, along with the broader historical and commercial contexts in which they were produced and enjoyed.

Lucy Peltz is Senior Curator of Eighteenth-Century Collections and Head of Collections Displays (Tudor to Regency) at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

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Introduction: A Long History of Extra-Illustration

Part I: Getting Your Heads in Order: Engraved Portrait Collecting and the Origins of Extra-Illustration
1  ‘Of Collectors of English Portrait Prints’
2  Genteel Authorship, the Community of the Antiquarian Text, and the Invention of Extra-Illustration
3  Portraiture, Order, and Meaning
4  John, Lord Mountstuart and the Ends of the Bull Granger

Part II: From Domestic Retirement to a Commercial Marketplace: Amateurs, Antiquaries, and Entrepreneurs
5  ‘Retirement, Rural Quiet, Friendship, Books’: Amateurism and Its Trophies
6  Charting the Craze: Anthony Storer and Richard Bull
7  The Strawberry Hill Press and the Rituals of Bibliographic Exchange
8  Antiquarian Topography or Armchair Tourism: Thomas Pennant’s “Labors”
9  Popularizing Pennant’s London: How the Art World Sold Extra-Illustration

Part III: The Sutherland Clarendon: Gender, the Print Market, and National Heritage
10  ‘Buried under Its Own Grandeur’: Understanding the Sutherland Clarendon
12  The Cut and Thrust of the Print Market in the Early Nineteenth Century
13  Women, Widowhood, and Collecting: Charlotte Sutherland’s Inheritance
14  Monumentalizing the Sutherland Clarendon: Between Rhetoric and Content, 1820–1839
15  The Female Connoisseur and the Private Catalogue
16  A ‘National Work’ Completed: The Sutherland Clarendon and Cultural Heritage

Epilogue: Rethinking the Past, Securing the Future

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