Thursday 7 June 2012

British ephemera from the Lewis Walpole Library

After a brief interlude, to collect Jubilee ephemera (great response so far)....

I was very excited to receive an email from Susan Walker at the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University, alerting me to their recent-ish digitisation of Trade cards and invitations, Trade tokens and bookplates and Ballads and broadsides. These last are divided into Volume 1Volume 2,  and Volume 3.  Of course, all are fully cross-searchable through the Lewis Walpole Digital Collection.

Being the Lewis Walpole Library, this material is 18th century. The trade cards come from two albums, the first dating from 1733 to 1769, the second from 1705 to 1799 (with most from 1757 to 1758). They constitute a wonderful, rich and rare resource and add greatly to the available 18th century British trade cards online.

(C) The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

The high resolution images enable the cards, invitations and ballads to be studied in detail.

Other treasures in the Walpole Library's Digital Collection include political prints and satires.

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