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HOSKYN, E. L.

Stories of Old

Adam and Charles Black, London, 1912
Quarto (240 x 180 mm.), early publisher’s cloth, embossed colour printed lithograph on upper cover only, spine with red embossed title, worn as usual. pp. 96, with 12 colour printed allegorical maps by Lillian Tennant
The twelve accompanying anthropomorphic maps are the work of Lillian Tennant, more familiar to us by her maiden name, Lillian Lancaster. She was the 15 year old girl behind the maps in William Harvey’s ‘Geographical Fun: being Humorous Outlines of Various Countries. With An Introduction and Descriptive Lines’ published in 1869. In his introduction he writes how the maps were drawn by a fifteen year old girl for the amusement of her sick brother. Lillian Lancaster, born Eliza Jane Lancaster in 1852 (d.1939) in London, went on to the stage as a pantomime artist, comedy actress and singer. The idea apparently came from an earlier drawing of England represented by Punch riding on a dolphin. Their intent was not just entertainment but also educational as the introduction states ‘no history no journal can be understood without acknowledge of maps, and good services is done when we make such information more easy and agreeable’. For this work Tennant drew upon some legendary figures such as St. George and the Dragon, Robert Bruce, the Maid of Orleans, the Pied Piper of Hamelin and others. They all help to illustrate maps of England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Russia, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Scandinavia, Iceland and Denmark.
Stock number: 8681

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