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London and its Environs Described
in Pall-Mall
R. and J. Dodsley
Volume V
M DCC LXI
published in 1761
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Engraving: East India House

Engraving: East India House
Two weeks ago while browsing Toronto’s St. Lawrence Antique Market, I came across a merchant selling a number of old architectural blueprints. The blueprints are too big and expensive for my liking. But I discovered a pile of engravings ripped from an old book showing London’s architecture. The couple selling them only wanted $2 each page, or 3 for $5.

I ended up getting 10 for $15. In the course of going though them, I also discovered what I believe is the title page of the book. The title page is roughly the same size as the engravings, is of the same texture and has turned into the same shade of yellowish colour, though it’s of a thinner paper than the engravings themselves.

If the engravings and the title page do come from the same book, then the engravings were printed in 1761, which means that I got some prints that are exactly 250-year old in 2011!

I’m trying to find out if I should preserve the papers by having them de-acidified. Provided that it won’t cost me an arm and a leg, I hope to frame the engravings.

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I subsequently found something on-line, confirming that this was the head office of the British East India Company on Leadenhall Street between 1726 and 1799.

www.ashrare.com/east_india_house_prints.html (scroll down to almost the bottom of the web page)
www.theeastindiacompany.com/24/london-landmarks?iframe=tr...

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