Tuesday, 24 April 2012

English County Maps

We have recently made some great additions to our English County Map collection, including some excellent examples from the series of maps included in William Camden’s Britannia. First published in 1586 with only a general map, the later editions of Camden’s Britannia included maps engraved by William Kip and William Hole. These maps were reduced copies of the maps by Saxton and Norden.

Three editions of the Kip and Hole maps may be found; the first is identifiable by Latin verso text, the second (1610) lacks text while the third (1637) displays an engraved plate number.

To view our current collection of over 900 maps please click here.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Catalogue of New Aquisitions

This April Sanders are pleased to announce the release of a broad collection of new 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.

The selection includes early portraits, Victorian etchings, Pre-raphaelite engravings and Japanese woodblock prints, alongside mezzotints from the collection of Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd and after Old Master engravings from an album owned by Richard Ball.

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

To download a copy of the catalogue please click here. 

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Wedding Gifts

Bored of un-inspiring chain shop wedding lists? Looking for something different and meaningful for a family or friend’s wedding this summer? Then look no further.
We have a fantastic range of prints and maps that would make perfect and poignant wedding presents. From prints of stately home wedding venues to British topography and maps of every county and country.

Have a browse on our website or if you can’t find what you are looking for feel free to get in touch and we can have a search for you, email us at info@sandersofoxford.com

And if you are planning a wedding yourself you may also be interested in this great new  community based wedding fair to be hosted at The Tythe Barn on the 22nd April 2012 from 12.30 – 4.30. WED will have a vintage theme running through it with lots of lovely ideas to make your wedding day a lasting memory. From the vintage bus to the elegant dresses you will be full of inspiration by the end of the day. Many of the suppliers  frequently work at the barn so rest assured you will be in very capable hands

Wednesday, 4 April 2012


April 7th 2012 sees the 158th Boat Race between crews from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. First raced in 1829 The Boat Race is one of the oldest sporting events in the world.

Watched by thousands along the banks of The Tideway, between Putney and Mortlake in London and by millions more on TV around the world, The Boat Race is a unique sporting event. With two very strong squads of athletes, expect to see another great race this year.

With such an illustious history it is no wonder that this great event has been depicted in print for many years. You can view our collection of rowing prints here
Or have a look at this rare item (Pictured left) , a scarce printed broadside ballad about the famous boat race, begging:
Hurrah for the boat race once a year,
From Putney to Mortlake,
The Oxford and the Cambridge lads,
Who row for honour’s sake...

The ballad was probably first produced for sale to the crowds in London watching the boat race itself, already a major national event by 1877. The sheet does not specify a tune as ballad sellers relied on their audience being attracted by the title, or wanting to take away a souvenir - whether from a boat race, a railway opening, a prize fight, or execution.

Print du Jour

This stunning aquatint of Oxford by J. Mawman is a particularly scarce impression of the famous university city.

In addition to this latest aquisition we have an unbeatable selection of Oxford prints available to suit any budget - making a unique gift or souvenir.

J. Mawman
Published by J. Mawman, London, January 1st, 1821
Image 142 x 264 mm