Thursday, 30 October 2014

Map Catalogue

A mini catalogue of recent map acquisitions including World maps, the continents, individual countries and counties alongside the odd map curiosity.

To download a copy of the catalogue please click here.

Alternatively browse the catalogue page by page.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Miniature Mezzotint Drolls & Portraits

A small collection of miniature Mezzotint Drolls & Portraits alongside a few of their full sized counterparts from the collection of the late Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.

To download a copy of the catalogueplease click here.   Or view a couple of  highlights below.

Alternatively browse the catalogue page by page.

Friday, 16 May 2014

All the fun of the fair...

Sanders of Oxford will once again be exhibiting at this years London International Antiquarian Book Fair at the National Hall Olympia (stand K06). We will be taking a broad collection of stock from fine mezzotints to striking Japanese woodblock prints.

You can view a few of our highlights in the catallogue below, but with over 500 prints and maps on display at the fair we are sure you will find something of interest.

If there is anything in particular you would like us to bring along just let us know.

The London International Antiquarian Book Fair

The National Hall, Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, London W14

22nd - 24th May, 2014

Opening Days/Hours:
Thu 22nd, 2pm - 8pm
Fri 23rd, 11am - 7pm
Sat 24th, 11am to 5pm

Please click here for your complimentary ticket courtesy of Sanders of Oxford.

Click here to downlaod a catalogue of highlights that will be on display at the fair.

Or browse the catalogue page by page.

69. A Free Mason, Formed out of the Materials of his Lodge
Copper engraving with hand colouring
Alexander Slade
Publish’d according to Act of Parliam.t August 15th: 1754. By Tringham, No.36, Hosier  Lane...
Image 300 x 192 mm, Sheet 315 x 200 mm

Inscription below title reads:
Behold a Master Mason rare
Whose mystic portrait does declare
The secrets of Free Masonry
Fair for all to read and see
But few there are to whom they’re known
Tho’ they so plainly here are shown.

Condition: Old pressed horizontal fold to bottom third of sheet. Framed in original 18th Century frame.


Wednesday, 19 February 2014

In Store Sale continues until the end of the month.

This month, we are making way for new stock with our famous February sale, offering up to 75% off a wide selection of antique prints. Hundreds of prints have been reduced from our varied collection, dating from the 17th to the 20th century.

The sale covers all genres including Oxford, Topography, Portraiture, Decorative, Maritime, Sporting, Caricatures, Fashion, Natural History, Literary, and Fine Art.

We are also having our larggest frame clearout with antique and modern frames from just £2

There are also astonishing bargains to be had in our £1 to £10 bins and massive reductions on framed items.

Please note these reductions are only available in the shop and not online.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014


Sanders of Oxford are pleased to present a second splash of colour for the month of January. A catalogue of fine Japanese woodblock prints from a private collection, including works by Chikanobu, Eizan, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi.

Click here to download the catalogue.

or browse the catalogue page by page.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Maps, Maps, Maps!

We are busy cataloguing some fantastic maps in the run up to Christmas, so keep an eye out on our website for our latest acquisitions.

If you are looking for a particular map or works by a particular map maker let us know and we can do the searching for you.

We currently have a great collection of English county maps from  the most famous of all English cartographers; John Speed.

Speed (1552-1629) is the most famous of all English cartographers primarily as a result of The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine, the first atlas of the British Isles. The maps from this atlas are the best known and most sought-after of all county maps. The maps were derived mainly from the earlier prototypes of Christopher Saxton and Robert Norden but with notable improvements including parish "Hundreds" and county boundaries, town plans and embellishments such as the coats of arms of local Earls, Dukes, and the Royal Household. The maps are famed for their borders consisting of local inhabitants in national costume and panoramic vignette views of major cities and towns. An added feature is that regular atlas copies have English text printed on the reverse, giving a charming description of life in the early seventeenth century of the region. The overall effect produced very decorative, attractive and informative maps.

For the publication of this prestigious atlas Speed turned to the most successful London print-sellers of the day, John Sudbury and George Humble. William Camden introduced the leading Flemish engraver, Jodocus Hondius Sr. to John Speed in 1607 because first choice engraver William Rogers had died a few years earlier. Work commenced with the printed proofs being sent back and forth between London and Amsterdam for correction and was finally sent to London in 1611 for publication. The work was an immediate success and the maps themselves being printed for the next 150 years.

Speed was born in 1552 at Farndon, Cheshire. Like his father before him he was a tailor by trade, but around 1582 he moved to London. During his spare time Speed pursued his interests of history and cartography and in 1595 his first map of Canaan was published in the "Biblical Times". This raised his profile and he soon came to the attention of poet and dramatist Sir Fulke Greville a prominent figure in the court of Queen Elizabeth. Greville as Treasurer of the Royal Navy gave Speed an appointment in the Customs Service giving him a steady income and time to pursue cartography.  Through his work he became a member of such learned societies as the Society of Antiquaries and associated with the likes of William Camden Robert Cotton and William Lambarde. He died in 1629 at the age of seventy-seven.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

A Catalogue of Recent Acquisitions

This October Sanders of Oxford are pleased to announce the release of a broad collection of recent acquisitions. Over the past few months we have been busy collating a selection of fine and decorative prints and maps spanning a diverse range of subjects, engravers and prices.

Whether you are a specialist or a generalist we hope that our current catalogue of rare and unusual material offers something of interest.

Click here to download the catalogue.

or browse the catalogue page by page.