A Nation of Shopkeepers

Trade Ephemera from 1654 to the 1860s in the John Johnson Collection

Julie Anne Lambert

A Nation of Shopkeepers
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Julie Anne Lambert

Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

154 pages | 183 color plates | 8-1/4 x 10-1/2 | © 2001
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781851240708 Published March 2005 For sale in North America only
The John Johnson Collection at the Bodleian Library is one of the world's most important collections of printed ephemera. This exhibition catalog focuses on just one of the many subject areas of the Collection—trades and shops. Richly illustrated with trade cards, bill headings, prints, and games—many of which have not been previously reproduced—these miniature works of art depict shops, products, tradesmen, and trades through the ages, giving us fascinating insights into the wealth of goods available and the people who bought and sold them.
The John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera
The Ephemera of Trade

The Exhibition
I. Shop Signs (nos. 1–7)
2. The Development of Trade Cards and Bill Headings
    A Chronological Sequence of Trade Cards (nos. 8–50)
    A Chronological Sequence of Bill Headings (nos. 51–66)
    Coloured Trade Cards (nos. 67–75)
3. Tradesmen's Lists (nos. 76–82)
4. The Printing of Trade Cards (nos. 83–103)
5. Cries, Itinerants and Services (nos. 104–123)
6. Women in Trade (nos. 124–153)
7. Premises
    Exteriors (nos. 154–172)
    Interiors (nos. 173–190)
8. The Great Exhibition (nos. 191–212)
9. Tradesmen: Humorous Perceptions, Apprenticeships, Making Things and the Transportation of Goods (nos. 213–244)
10. Products (nos. 245–281)
11. Juvenilia (nos. 282–291)
12. William Newman, Engraver (nos. 292–324)
13. Oxford Trade (nos. 325–338)

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