Tuesday, 18 December 2012

The Oxford Rose

This curious looking object, known as "The Oxford Rose" was printed by C. Adler in Hamburg as part of a series for Joseph Myers in London. One of many "Roses" of important world cities, this example shows 32 steel engraved vignettes of Oxford printed on both sides of a delicate folding sheet.  The die cut sheet folds neatly into a fan shape where the views are concealed and only the outer covers of a chromolithographed rose are visible.

A rare ephemeral item, "The Oxford Rose" forms part of our collection of weird and wonderful curiousities relating to Oxford and beyond.

The Oxford Rose
C. Adler
Steel engraving and chromolithograph
From C. Adler's Printing Establishment, Hamburg for London Joseph Myers & Co. 144 Leadenhall Street c. 1860
230 x 230 mm

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