By renowned chromolithographer from Leeds (c.1887)


ALBUM OF COLOUR PRINTING. Art Colour Printer to the Queen, Crown Point Printing Works, Leeds. [n.d. but ca. 1887].

Date: c.1887

Small folio, ff. 15; in chromolithograph throughout printed on heavy coated paper, including facsimile reproduction of Royal Warrant on inside front cover, a portrait of Cooke on the title-page, a large depiction of the interior ‘New Crown Point Printing Works’ on inside rear cover, so in all 32 chromolithograph plates; and with four further large folding chromolithograph plates tipped in, each retaining original tissue guard; some light soiling throughout, two of the folding plates torn along folds but with no loss, some edge wear, gutters exposed in a number of places; stitched as issued in the original green cloth backed decorative chromolithograph boards, with gold embossed Royal Warrant label on upper cover, and with further depiction of the exterior of the printing works on rear cover, book block somewhat loose and inner hinges cracked but holding, spine quite rubbed and worn, covers a little foxed and soiled, with remains of silk tie evident, extremities a little dog-eared; despite wear and being a little fragile, a most appealing and striking catalogue.

Wakeman & Bridson, Guide to 19th century colour printers, p. 27; the Waddleton Chronology of colour printed illustrations (on-line database) cites the 1885 issue (St. Bride Foundation Cat. ref. 14982), and Wakeman notes too that St Bride hold a copy of this edition; OCLC locates three copies at Yale, Harvard, Delaware and Cambridge.

A wonderfully evocative and striking specimen catalogue, issued by the renown chromolithograph printer, Alf Cooke of Leeds, who as the present catalogue proudly announces was ‘Her Majesty’s Colour Printer by Special Royal Warrant, The only appointment’ – an honour granted in 1885. The 32 fabulous specimens give examples from a variety of periodicals and trade catalogues, the firm producing products, calendars, labels and images for a number of leading firms such as Suttons Bulbs, Cleaver’s Soap, and Mellin’s Food. A number of illustrations produced for the Religious Tract Society are also reproduced. The catalogue also includes four large folding portrait plates, illustrating some of the leading actresses of the day the first of which depicts the actress Sarah Bernhardt as ‘La Tosca’, the second Miss Mary Anderson as ‘Juliet’, the third Ellen Terry as ‘Portia’, and finally Miss Dorothy Baird as ‘Trilby’. The album prints a number of testimonials, several of which are dated 1897. A number of earlier albums were issued in 1885, 1890, 1893 & 1894.


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