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A New Book of Cyphers

  • Object:

    Design for a cipher

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1729 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sympson, Samuel (engraver)
    Clark, J. (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 94, shelf B, box 25

Physical description

Print from a set including a title-page, advertisement and 100 plates, full-bound in calf, the spine gold tooled, marbled endpapers.

Place of Origin

London (published)


1729 (published)


Sympson, Samuel (engraver)
Clark, J. (publisher)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 15.2 cm approx., Width: 10.8 cm approx., Height: 16.5 cm volume, Width: 14 cm volume

Object history note

The advertisement at the front of this volume gives the names of 71 contemporary engravers recommending the work. The Victoria and Albert Museum Library has an undated edition published by J. Bowles & Son; the British Museum Library has three copies, dated 1726, 1736 and [1750?].

Descriptive line

Plate from a set including a title-page, advertisement and 100 plates, full-bound in a volume, comprising a set entitled 'A New Book of Cyphers...' by Samuel Sympson, engraved and published by J. Clark, London, 1729.

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

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1952. London: HMSO, 1963.


Printing ink




Printed pages & sheets; Prints; Designs; Writing


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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