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The Treasury
published in 1761
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Volume V
R. and J. Dodsley
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London
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Engraving: The Treasury & Horse Guard

Engraving: The Treasury & Horse Guard
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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