Keys to Colour Printing: toy books and yellowbacks in the Bodleian | University of Oxford

Keys to Colour Printing: toy books and yellowbacks in the Bodleian

Speaker
Francesca Tancini
Event date
Event time
13:00 - 13:45
Venue
The Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3BG
Venue details

The Weston Lecture Theatre, main entrance Blackwell Hall

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

Francesca Tancini, the Bodleian Libraries Humfrey Wanley Visiting Fellow, presents findings from her research into the development of colour printing in Victorian popular publishing:
‘Toy books’ and ‘yellowbacks’ are today highly collectible objects, created in Victorian times for the lower-class readers – mainly children and travellers – who would usually not keep them after reading.

This lecture explores these two editorial genres focusing on colour-printer Edmund Evans (1829-1905) and illustrator Walter Crane (1845-1915). Through the proofs from Evans’s files in the John Johnson Collection and rarest printed materials in the Opie and Bodleian Special Collections, it will be analysed how these cheap editorial products marked the turning point towards modern publishing.