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Frost Fair broadside.- Anonymous (active 1739-1740) [Portrait of George II, half-length in an oval decorated with calligraphic initial, after Godfrey Kneller], broadside with engraved portrait and woodcut containing letterpress below, with printed name of 'Simeon Warner,' on laid paper with indistinct fleur-de-lis watermark, sheet 420 x 250 mm. (16 1/2 x 9 7/8 in), laid onto linen, handling creases and some splitting to old folds, one or two small areas of loss, surface dirt and browning, unframed, 'Printed upon the Ice, on the River Thames, January the 18th', 1739- 1740.

⁂ An unrecorded broadside, not listed on ESTC. A keepsake from the Frost Fair on the Thames, with the purchaser's name printed within the decorative woodcut celebrating Gutenberg and Caxton.

"Behold the liquid Thames now frozen o'er,
[...] Here you may print your Name, tho' cannot Write,
'Cause numm'd with Cold: 'Tis done with great Delight.!
And lay it by, that Ages yet to come,
May see what Things upon the Ice are done."

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Frost Fair broadside.- Anonymous (active 1739-1740)

Estimate £1,000 - £1,500Sep 27, 2018
London, UK
Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Max Hasler
Modern First Editions and 20th Century Literature