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Book illustration - Quarles' Emblems
  • Quarles' Emblems
    Rogers, William Harry, born 1825 - died 1873
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Quarles' Emblems

  • Object:

    Book illustration

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1860 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rogers, William Harry, born 1825 - died 1873 (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood engraving on laid paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the Assistance of the Friends of the National Libraries

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 190

Physical description

Border, in the top centre of which, is an hour glass, surmounted by an orb, flanked by a bird's and a bat's wing with acanthus leaves, tudor roses and orb like motifs forming the sides of the border.

Proof of border framing book illustration E.877-1998 for 'Emblem IX' opposite 38 p. of 'Book The First. The Invocation' for the 1861 edition of 'Quarles' Emblems'. W. Harry Rogers drew on wood for this engraving to be made by a wood-engraver.

'Emblem IX' 'The world passeth away, and all the lusts thereof.' - I JOHN II.17

Place of Origin

London (published)


1860 (designed)


Rogers, William Harry, born 1825 - died 1873 (designers)

Materials and Techniques

Wood engraving on laid paper

Marks and inscriptions

Signature; In a heart shape above the vase in the bottom of the border.; wood-engraving; ink

frustra = in deception / quis = anyone stabilem = steady / gradum = step / figat = fastened
orbe = bereaved
Textual information; Latin; Lower sides of border.; wood-engraving; ink

Book I - 9
Unknown; Top centre of sheet of paper.; handwriting; pencil


Height: 23.2 cm, Width: 16.6 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: These book illustrations are part of the W.Harry Rogers Archive and to quote the information on the archive provided by 'RW' on 6 February 1998 on the registered file 1997/1476:-
'It is extraordinarily rare to have this kind of documentation at this level of production for the middle decades of the 19th century. The fact the (sic) the state of the designs ranges from rough sketches to finished drawings and proofs allows the pieces to document the design process very closely.'

Descriptive line

Proofbook illustration to 'Quarles' Emblems', 1861, wood-engraving by W.Harry Rogers.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Engen, Rodney K. 'Dictionary of Victorian Wood Engravers'. Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey, 1985. 223 p. ISBN 0859641392
Houfe, Simon 'The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists'. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Baron Publishing, Antique Collectors' Club, revised 1981 437 p. ISBN 0902028731
Ball, Douglas 'Victorian Publishers' Bindings.' London: The Library Association, 1985. 90 p. and 155 p.

Production Note

The date '1860' on the proof for the book illustration E.867-1998 and '1859' on the border E.890-1998 suggests that the proofs were drawn on the wood-engraving block in 1859 and 1860 for the 1861 edition of 'Quarles' Emblems'.


Laid paper


Wood-engraving (process)

Subjects depicted



TITLES: Quarles' Emblems; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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