Annals of Christ's Hospital
by A Blue
From it's foundation to the present time and of the Original Conventional Church of the Grey Friars
With six full-page photographs by Blanchard
Lothian and Co., 1867 [First Edition], sepia frontispiece, 5 sepia photographic plates, gold toned fore-edges, gilt decorations and titles on cover, hardcover with blue cloth
Good Condition, corners rubbed and bumped, edges rubbed, has edge and shelf wear, previous owners inscription and details in pencil on half-title page, minor foxing to plates (see photographs)
'In an extensive online biography of the photographer Valentine Blanchard (1831-1901) Bill Jay states: "The culmination of Valentine Blanchard's achievements during the early 1860's was his illustrations for Annals of Christ's Hospital. The text of this book holds little interest for the photographic historian; it is a history of the hospital from its origins in the 13th century order of St. Francis through its founding under Henry VIII and up to the 1860's. Much more interesting are the six full-page albumen prints pasted into the pages and illustrating various aspects of Christ's Hospital. Architectural photography of this period rarely included people yet groups of figures inhabit Blanchard's prints, giving scale and a sense of life to otherwise drab stone."
Christ's Hospital is one of the noblest educational institutions throughout Great Britain. Notables who have attended or worked at the school include Samuel Pepys, Isaac Newton, Edmund Halley, Charles Lam, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.'