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Enoch Pratt Free Library Digital Collections

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A selection of 116 items from the Hilda Holme Collection showing the chronological development of book illustration from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries.

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Collection Location: Special Collections Department, Enoch Pratt Free Library / State Library Resource Center

Engraving of a French girl and her mother wearing fashionable attire for the girl's first communion.Collection Overview: This selection of 116 items from the Hilda Holme Collection demonstrates the chronological development of book illustration from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. It includes prints made with woodcuts, wood engraving, line and stipple engraving on metal plates (copper and steel), etching including both mezzotint and aquatint, lithography, and the Baxter process of chromolithography.

Frequently acquired from old or out-of-date books or magazines, these prints were saved for their aesthetic beauty or historical importance. They illustate such diverse subjects as bible stories, devotional literature, Shakespeare, recreation, travel, history, humor, and fashion.

The original prints can be viewed in the Special Collections Department at the Central Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library / State Library Resource Center. The Special Collections librarian can be reached at 443-984-2451 for appointment.

 
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