Indexes by theme

This is a list of the broad headings of the John Johnson Collection with links to their indexes in PDF format (where available).

To check whether the heading(s) which interest you have been catalogued and/or digitised, consult the table of item-level catalogued sections.


Advertising is one of the largest and most varied of the main sections of the John Johnson Collection, with 58 subject headings from Advertisers (wrappers of magazine which, normally discarded when the journals were bound, carry advertisements for products and books) to Women's Clothes and Millinery.

Most of this section has been digitised for the JISC-funded ProQuest project The John Johnson Collection: an archive of printed ephemera.

The Art of Advertising exhibition (2020 – 2021), which showcased a selection of this material, can be browsed online.


Bazaars and Sales (PDF 96kb)
Beauty Parlour (PDF 143kb)
Boots and Shoes (PDF 225kb)
Calico Printing
Cocoa, Chocolate and Confectionery (PDF 122kb)
Cookery and Household (PDF 11kb)
Dentistry (PDF 46kb)
Electricity and Electrical Appliances
Fire Grates and Cooking Ranges (PDF 114kb)
Fire-Fighting Appliances (PDF 44kb)
Food (PDF 238kb)
Fortnum and Mason
Fuel (PDF 46kb)
Gas and Gas Appliances (PDF 73kb)
Gramophones (PDF 98kb)
Hats (PDF 126 kb)
Housing and Houses
Iron Foundries and Machinery (PDF 46kb)
Ironmongery (PDF 93kb)
Lotteries (PDF 194kb)
Men's Clothes (PDF 138kb)
Moveables, Advertisements

Musical Instruments (PDF 89kb)
Office Equipment (PDF 6kb)
Oil and Candles (PDF 97kb)
Oil Lamps and Stoves (PDF 106kb)
Oxford Trade Pamphlets (PDF 308kb)
Patent Medicines (PD 303kb)
Pottery and Transfer Printing
Publicity (PDF 11kb)
Sales by Private Contract (PDF 25kb)
Scientific Instruments (PDF 47kb)
Sewing Cottons and Machines (PDF 122kb)
Shell Mex
Silver, Jewellery etc (PDF 47kb)
Soap (PDF 310kb)
Soft Drinks (PDF 77kb)
Tea and Coffee (PDF 122kb)
Tea and Grocery Papers
Television (PDF 5kb)
Tobacco (PDF 101kb)
Trade Shows (PDF 5kb)
Umbrellas and Trunks (PDF 96kb)
Watches and Clocks (PDF 46kb)
Window Bills and Advertisements (PDF 53kb)
Wines and Spirits (PDF 92kb)
Wireless (PDF 12kb)
Women's Clothes & Millinery (PDF 167kb)


The following sections are not digitised:

  • Advertisers
  • Auctions
  • Building Estates
  • Calico Printing
  • Church Furnishings
  • Cookery and Household
  • Electricity and Electrical Appliances
  • Fortnum and Mason
  • Gramophones
  • Horticulture
  • Hotels
  • Housing and Houses
  • Liberty
  • Moveables
  • Musical Instruments
  • Office Equipment
  • Pewter
  • Pottery
  • Publicity
  • Sales by Public Contract
  • Scientific Instruments
  • Shell Mex
  • Silver
  • Television
  • Trade Catalogues
  • Trade Shows.

    Art and Architecture

    This small section represents the sections which are devoted to art and architecture. Art, especially illustration and commercial and graphic art, can be found throughout the collection. An online guide is in preparation.

    You can search our online catalogue and the ProQuest resource The John Johnson Collection: an archive of printed ephemera by name of artist, by date, and also by the subject of illustration. We use the following iconographic indexing tools: Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic Materials and Iconclass.

    (See also Artists' Invitations.)



    John Johnson collected three-dimensional artefacts, which complement the two-dimensional ephemera.


    • Beauty Parlour
    • Fans
    • Food and Drink
    • Games and Toys
    • Great Exhibition
    • Household
    • Medals, Badges and Flags
    • Patent Medicines
    • Photographic
    • Playing Cards and Card Games
    • Sewing and Fancy Work
    • Stationery
    • Watches, Clocks and Jewellery
    • Wireless and Gramophone
    • Wood and other artefacts from the JJ Collection at OUP


    Art, especially illustration and commercial and graphic art, can be found throughout the collection. An online guide is in preparation.

    You can search our online catalogue and the ProQuest resource The John Johnson Collection: an archive of printed ephemera by name of artist, by date, and also by the subject of illustration. We use the following iconographic indexing tools: Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic Materials and Iconclass.

    (See also Artists' Invitations.)


    Artist (The) (PDF 4kb)
    Artists' Invitations
    Austen (John) (PDF 47kb)
    Barnard (Frederick) (PDF 5kb)
    Barnes (R) (PDF 6kb)
    Batten (John D)
    Baxter (G) (PDF 48kb)
    Beardsley (Aubrey) (PDF 110kb)
    Bell (R Anning)
    Bewick (Thomas) (PDF 150kb)
    Book Illustrations (PDF 55kb)
    Buday (George)
    Burghers (M)
    Burne-Jones (Edward) (PDF 117kb)
    Caldecott (Randolph)
    Craig (Gordon)
    Crane (Walter)
    Crawhall (Joseph) (PDF 95kb)
    Cruikshank (George) (PDF 100kb)
    Dalziel Brothers
    Doyle (R) (PDF 181kb)
    Du Maurier (George)
    Edwards (ME) (PDF 91kb)
    Eltze (PDF 6kb)
    Fraser (Frances)
    Fraser (Lovat) (PDF 187kb)
    Freedman (Barnett) (PDF 191kb)
    Geckie (W) (PDF 5kb)
    Gillray (James)
    Gould (FC) (PDF 102kb)
    Graham (T) (PDF 5kb)
    Gray (P) (PDF 87kb)
    Green (C and T) (PDF 89kb)
    Greenaway (Kate)
    Hailing (Thomas)
    Hassall (Joan) (PDF 200kb)
    Hassall (John) (PDF 56kb)
    Havinden (Ashley) (PDF 4kb)
    Hogarth (William) (PDF 187kb)
    Holbein Borders
    Hollar (W) (PDF 250kb)
    Hood (Thomas) (PDF 167kb)
    Hopkins (A)
    Horsley (John Calcott)
    Hughes (E)

    Hunt (W Holman) (PDF 115kb)
    Illustrators Misc.
    Jackson (J B)
    Jewitt (Orlando)
    Keene (C)
    Laurie and Whittle
    Lawless (Matthew James)
    Lawson (George Anderson)
    Leech (John) (PDF 269kb)
    Leighton (Clare) (PDF 271kb)
    Leighton (John) (PDF 48kb)
    Linton (W J)
    Maclise (D) & Mearns (PDF 43kb)
    Martin (John) (PDF 5kb)
    Marx (Enid) (PDF 14kb)
    May (Phil) (PDF 135kb)
    McKnight Kauffer (PDF 117kb)
    Millais (John)
    Mulready (PDF 5kb)
    Nash (J and P) (PDF 7kb)
    New (E H) (PDF 117kb)
    Onwhyn (PDF 89kb)
    Pettie (John)
    Phiz (Hablot K Browne)
    Pinwell (G J) (PDF 40kb)
    Poynter (E J) (PDF 58kb)
    Pritchett (R T)
    Rossetti (D G) (PDF 68kb)
    Rowlandson (Thomas)
    Rutherston (Albert) (PDF 197kb)
    Sandys (Frederick) (PDF 188kb)
    Small and Staniland
    Solomon (Simeon) (PDF 92kb)
    Stone (AR) (PDF 113kb)
    Stothard (Thomas)
    Thompson (Hugh)
    Tintoretto (PDF 6kb)
    Upton (FK and B)
    Walker (Francis and Fred) (PDF 91kb)
    Watson (JD) (PDF 89kb)
    Whistler (Rex)
    Whittingham (Charles)
    Wright (Buckland)


    Although some sections of the collection are devoted to authors, many of these, except for Dickens and Shakespeare, are small sections. There are many other references to authors, notably in Prospectuses of books and journals, both of which have been catalogued and digitised for the JISC-funded ProQuest project The John Johnson Collection: an archive of printed ephemera. Playwrights and authors whose works have been dramatised can also be found in the Entertainment section, again with digital images on the ProQuest site. Records (only) for items on the ProQuest site are available through our online catalogue.


    Andersen (Hans C) (PDF 68kb)
    Austen (Jane) (PDF 96kb)
    Author (The)
    Authors, Various (PDF 291kb)
    Beerbohm (Max)  (PDF 62kb)
    Belloc (Hilaire) (PDF 78kb)
    Blake (William)
    Borrow (George Henry) (PDF 101kb)
    Bronte Family (PDF 58kb)
    Browne (Sir Thomas) (PDF 13kb)
    Browning (Robert) (PDF 56kb)
    Burns (Robert) (PDF 100kb)
    Byron (PDF 92kb)
    Carroll (Lewis) (PDF 120kb)
    Chesterton (G K) (PDF 104kb)
    Coleridge-Taylor (Samuel) (PDF 108kb)
    Cowper (William)  (PDF 110kb)
    De Morgan (William) (PDF 43kb)
    Dibdin (T F) (PDF 70kb)
    Dickens (Charles)
    Doyle (Conan) (PDF 104kb)
    Eliot (George) (PDF 45kb)
    Fitzgerald (Edward) (PDF 59kb)
    Galsworthy (John) (PDF 59kb)
    Hardy (Thomas)

    Housman (AE) (PDF 170kb)
    Irving (Washington) (PDF 89kb)
    Johnson (Samuel) (PDF 296kb)
    Joyce (James) (PDF 9kb)
    Kipling (Rudyard) (PDF 220kb)
    Lamb (Charles) (PDF 271kb)
    Lawrence (DH) (PDF 197kb)
    More (Hannah) (PDF 198kb)
    Nonsense illustrated (PDF 111kb)
    Reade (Charles)
    Ruskin (John)
    Scott (Sir Walter)
    Shakespeare (PDF 123 kb)
    Shaw (George Bernard) (PDF 123kb)
    Shelley (PB)
    Sitwells, The (PDF 77kb)
    Stevenson (R L) (PDF 89kb)
    Swinburne (Algernon Charles) (PDF 102kb)
    Tennyson (Alfred) (PDF 199kb)
    Thackeray (WM) (PDF 292kb)
    Trollope (Anthony) (PDF 208kb)
    Wilde (Oscar)
    Wordsworth (William) (PDF 54kb)


    John Johnson collected books, maps and music as well as ephemera. Some books were kept within boxes in the collection, either with ephemera or as collections of (often small) books. For books to be findable through Oxford University's online library catalogue (SOLO), they have been removed from the ephemera collection and housed with Johnson books.

    This is the case with Chapbooks, Children's Books, Miniature and small books, Moveable books, Penny Awfuls, Penny Dreadfuls, and Song Books. Additionally, books have been removed from Private Presses and from Sex, Population and Eugenics. Lists of such books (where available) will be posted on this page.

    Indexes to those sections kept with the collection are linked below.


    Albert Smith and Horace Mayhew (PDF 105 kb)
    Children's Books (PDF 568kb)
    Christmas Books (PDF 48kb)
    Japanese Silk Books
    Miniature and Small Books
    Moveable Books (PDF 87kb)
    Nonsense Illustrated (PDF 111kb)
    Novels in Parts (PDF 165kb)
    Oriental Books

    Pamphlets of 1871
    Penny Awfuls (PDF 44kb)
    Song Books
    Valentine Writers - Xeroxes

    Book Trade and Publishing History

    Work is in progress on the Book Trade sections of the John Johnson Collection.  Many book trade trade cards and circulating library labels are catalogued and digitised on the John Johnson online catalogue. Most book jackets are also catalogued (without images).

    Post-1801 prospectuses of journals and books and the volume of Trade Sale catalogues (auctions of copyrights, 1718 – 1797) have been catalogued, and digital images are available on the ProQuest site: The John Johnson Collection: an archive of printed ephemera.

    Pre-1801 prospectuses are available on microfiches (see record below) and can be found at M07.F06828 and on the open shelves of the Special Collections Reading Room at R6.201 and Upper Reading Room at A.3.828. There are companion microfiches for pre-1801 prospectuses in the Gough Collection.


    Bibliography (PDF 6kb)
    Book Clubs
    Bookjackets (PDF 190kb)
    Booksellers' Trade Catalogues (PDF 399kb)
    Book Trade
    Book Trade Documents
    Circulating Libraries and Book Clubs
    Circulating Library Catalogues
    Circulating Library Labels
    Copper Plates for Bookplates

    Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias (PDF 39kb)
    Libraries (PDF 7kb)
    Proposals and Prospectuses (PDF 24kb)
    Prospectuses (Books) (PDF 63kb)
    Prospectuses (Books) Pre-1801
    Prospectuses of Journals  (PDF 245kb)
    Publishers' Catalogues (PDF 332kb)
    Stationers' Company (PDF 48kb)
    Titles (PDF 126kb)
    Trade Sale Catalogues




    The Entertainment section is divided into theatres, arranged chronologically within venue, and other forms of entertainment, arranged by genre.

    Most of our theatre material was catalogued for the Backstage Project. This resource is no longer online, but our records are available through our online catalogue. We subsequently digitised all our 18th century Entertainment material for an Oxford Digital Library Project 18th century Entertainment Ephemera, now available on Digital Bodleian.

    We have recently completed cataloguing and digitisting our 19th century Entertainment ephemera for the JISC-funded ProQuest project.


    Actors, Actresses and Entertainers (PDF 70kb)
    Animals on Show (PDF 48kb)
    Aquarium Programmes (PDF 269kb)
    Ballet (PDF 37kb)     
    Cinema (PDF 68kb)
    Circuses (PDF 189kb)
    Concert Bills (PDF 240kb)
    Concerts (PDF 240kb)
    Dance Programmes (PDF 42kb)
    Dioramas (PDF 143kb)
    Entertainments (PDF 42kb)
    Fairs and Festivals (PDF 114kb)
    Festival of Britain (PDF 297kb)
    Fireworks (PDF 6kb)
    Humans (PDF 101kb)
    London Play Places (PDF 142kb)
    Lyceum Theatre
    Magic and Mystery (PDF 72kb)
    Miniature Theatre (PDF 16kb)

    Minstrels (PDF 101kb)
    Music (PDF 6kb)
    Music Titles (PDF 120kb)
    Musicians and Opera Singers (PDF 149kb)
    Pageants (PDF 141kb)
    Performances in Royal Residences (PDF 58kb)
    Playbills on Silk
    Programmes (PDF 5kb)
    Saloons and Taverns (Playbills) (PDF 24kb)
    Theatre Companies
    Theatre Periodicals
    Theatre, Foreign
    Theatre, London
    Theatre, Oxford
    Theatre, Provinical
    Theatre, Suburban
    Theatrical Misc
    Theatrical Souvenirs
    Waxworks (PDF 129kb)



    Although most of the John Johnson Collection is arranged by subject, several sections contain various forms or genres of ephemera. These are listed below. There is, of course, significant overlap between subject and form. Labels, for example, are arranged by the products they were created for, which in turn are represented in the Advertising sections.

    Conversely we assign genre terms to everything we catalogue, using a variety of thesauri.


    Address Labels (PDF 5kb)
    Almanacks - Oxford (PDF 23kb)
    Bank Notes
    Bellman's Verses
    Bill-Headings (PDF 166kb)
    Blank Forms (PDF 67kb)
    Book Plates
    Bookmarkers (PDF 287kb)
    Box Lid Designs (PDF 4kb)
    Broadsides (PDF 344kb)
    Calendars (PDF 101kb)
    Calling Cards (PDF 43kb)
    Cartes de Visite
    Cartouches, Blanks, Borders
    Certificates (PDF 93kb)
    Christmas Cards (PDF 14kb)
    Christmas Cards - Trade (PDF 6kb)
    Cigar Bands
    Cigarette Cards
    Comic Sheets
    Compliment Slips
    Copper Plates for Paper Bags
    Crests and Arms (PDF 32kb)
    Cut Paper
    Diaries (PDF 98kb)
    Double Crown Club (menus)
    Duty Stamps
    Embroidery Patterns (PDF 7kb)
    Engraved and Printed Fans
    Envelopes (PDF 14kb)
    Greetings Booklets (PDF 31kb)
    Greetings, General
    Hieroglyphic Letters (PDF 340kb)
    Initial Letters (PDF 9kb)
    Japanese Paper Souvenirs (PDF 111kb)

    Labels (PDF 1671kb)
    Match Booklets
    Match Box Labels
    Match Boxes
    Menus (PDF 139kb)
    Music Titles
    Note Headings
    Orange Papers (PDF 58kb)
    Paper Bags (PDF 59kb)
    Passports (PDF 25kb)
    Penmen (PDF 27kb)
    Photographic General (PDF 51kb)
    Playing Cards
    Pro Formas, Pre-1700
    Receipts (PDF 29kb)
    Rhyme Sheets (PDF 306kb)
    Scrap Album, The (PDF 84kb)
    Scraps (PDF 68kb)
    Silhouettes (PDF 5kb)
    Song Sheets (Christ's Hospital)
    Stamp Posters (PDF 45kb)
    Stationery (PDF 7kb)
    Street Ballads (PDF 98kb)
    Tickets (PDF 148kb)
    Tobacco Papers
    Trade Cards (PDF 23kb)
    Tradesmen's Lists
    Valentine Cards (PDF 98kb)
    Valentine Mounts
    Watch Papers
    Window Bills
    Window Pictures and Transparencies
    Writing Masters





    John Johnson collected first and special numbers of journals. There are no online indexes to these, but individual titles can be found from a handlist. Please consult the Librarian for assistance.


    Annuals (PDF 52kb)
    Christmas Numbers, Misc
    Christmas Numbers, The Graphic
    First Numbers, Academic
    First Numbers, Advertising
    First Numbers, Annuals, Quarterlies, Fortnightlies
    First Numbers, Antiquarian
    First Numbers, Arts & Crafts & Collecting
    First Numbers, Boy's Papers
    First Numbers, Comic
    First Numbers, Country Life
    First Numbers, Education
    First Numbers, Fashion
    First Numbers, Foreign
    First Numbers, Health
    First Numbers, House Journals of the Trade
    First Numbers, Juvenile
    First Numbers, Local
    First Numbers, Magazines
    First Numbers, Mainly Oxford
    First Numbers, Money and City
    First Numbers, Monthlies
    First Numbers, Music
    First Numbers, Naval and Military
    First Numbers, Novelettes
    First Numbers, Photography
    First Numbers, Poetry
    First Numbers, Political
    First Numbers, Printers' Journals

    First Numbers, Publicity
    First Numbers, Religion
    First Numbers, Sport
    First Numbers, Sunday Papers
    First Numbers, Theatre and Film
    First Numbers, Trades and Professions
    First Numbers, Weeklies
    First Numbers, Womens
    Great War (Includes 2nd World War)
    Magazines in Wrappers, Various 18thc
    Miniature Newspapers
    Newpaper Advertising
    Newspapers and Periodicals Misc
    Newspapers Misc
    Newspapers, 18th and 19th Centuries
    Newspapers, 18th Century
    Newspapers, Anniversaries
    Newspapers, General Strike (PDF 562kb)
    Newspapers, Historical General
    Newspapers, Imperial and Colonial
    Newspapers, Irish
    Newspapers, London
    Newspapers, Manx, Scottish, Welsh
    Newspapers, Provinicial
    Newspapers, Second World War, Misc
    Newspapers, The Times
    Newspapers, USA and Foreign
    Pseudo-Historical Periodicals
    Special Numbers, Ceremonial and Commemorative
    Times, The

    Political, Religious, Social and Economic History

    This is one of the largest and most varied sections of the collection and the least catalogued and digitised. Digital projects have focussed on the Political Cartoons (available through the John Johnson online catalogue and VADS (Visual Arts and Humanities Data Service) and Crime, Murders and Executions (available through ProQuest).


    Agriculture (PDF 138kb)
    Allotments and Smallholdings
    Americana (PDF 23kb)
    Banking (PDF 34kb)
    Beginnings of Reform
    Bible Societies
    Boy Scouts (PDF 222kb)
    Canada and New Zealand Companies (PDF 9kb)
    Catastrophes and Phenomena (PDF 11kb)
    Ceremonial (PDF 125kb)
    City Guilds and Companies
    Civic and Municipal Pamphlets
    Clubs (PDF 5kb)
    Co-operation (PDF 69kb)
    Commerce (PDF 247kb)
    Communist Papers (PDF 88kb)
    Creeds, Parties, Policies
    Crime (PDF 76kb)
    Crimean War (PDF 383kb)
    Currency (PDF 23kb)
    Daylight Saving (PDF 6kb)
    East India Company
    Emigration (PDF 35kb)
    Empire and Colonies (PDF 43kb)     
    Employment (PDF 24kb)     
    Farmer and Stockbreeder (PDF 60kb)
    Forms of Service (PDF 47kb)
    Free Trade and Protection (PDF 6kb)
    French Wars and Revolutions
    Funerary (PDF 11kb)
    Gladstone (PDF 52kb)
    Great War (PDF 175kb)
    Horticulture (PDF 188kb)
    Insurance (PDF 118kb)
    Ireland (PDF 38kb)
    Land and the People (PDF 45kb)
    Land Tax and Valuation
    Land Tax and Valuation (Booklets)
    Law (PDF 8kb)
    Leaders of Free Thought
    Leaders of Reform
    Martin, William
    Memorials (PDF 76kb)
    Memory Systems (PDF 7kb)
    Military (PDF 45kb)
    Military and Naval Pageants
    Monarchy and the House of Lords

    Murders and Executions Broadsides (PDF 44kb)
    Naval (PDF 18kb)
    Oxford Group
    Oxford Societies, City and County
    Parliamentary Lists (PDF 9kb)
    Phoenix Assurance Co.
    Phrenology and Cheirology (PDF 8kb)
    Pietistic (PDF 10kb)
    Police and Public Security
    Poor Law
    Prayer Book Warrants
    Public Services (PDF 45kb)
    Reform Bills
    Religious and Ecclesiastical (PDF 10kb)
    Religious Souvenirs (PDF 5kb)
    Russian Bonds
    Salvation Army
    Sex, Population, Eugenics (PDF 9kb)
    Skits (PDF 14kb)
    Slavery (PDF 9kb)
    Social Day, The
    Socialist Pamphlets
    Societies General
    Societies, Charitable (PDF 355kb)
    Societies, Health, Vegetarian
    Societies, Missionary (PDF 219kb)
    South African War (PDF 91kb)
    South Sea Company
    Spanish Civil War
    Speeches (PDF 25kb)
    Stocks and Shares (PDF 6kb)
    Street Propaganda
    Sunday Observance
    Supernatural (PDF 10kb)
    Taxation (PDF 7kb)
    Temperance (PDF 34kb)
    Texts (PDF 5kb)
    Tichborne Case (PDF 150kb)
    Votes of the House of Commons
    War (General)
    War Emergency Workers' National Committee (PDF 5kb)
    Wellington, Duke of (PDF 9kb)
    Wesleyan Circuits
    Women's Suffrage
    Youth Hostels (PDF 48kb)

    Postal History and Philately


    • First Air Mails
    • Postal Collection
    • Postcard Collecting (Deltiology)
    • Postcards
    • Postmark Collection
    • Postage Stamps



    Printing Processes

    As Printer to the University, John Johnson aimed to document printing as well as social history through his collection. There are several sections devoted to printers and printing techniques. However, except for a very few manuscript items, the entire collection represents the products of printing presses, of engraving, of letterpress, lithography and a multitude of 20th century photomechanical processes. Through the online catalogue, we have indexed printers, lithographers, engravers, etc. and have identified the printing processes of most items.


    Barnes, Halfhide and Standish
    Binders and Binding (PDF 253kb)
    Binding Fragments
    Calico Printing     
    Colour Printing (PDF 56kb)
    Decorative Printer, The
    Early Printed Pages
    Embossed Bindings
    Embossing (PDF 7kb)
    Engravers (PDF 288kb)
    Engraving: Halfhide and Standish (PDF 4kb)
    Engraving on Glass
    Fourdrinier Papers (PDF 86kb)
    Graphic Processes (PDF 50kb)
    Layout (PDF 28kb)
    Leighton Bros. (PDF 9kb)
    Linotype (PDF 43kb)
    Lithography (PDF 53kb)
    Mechanical Composition
    Monotype (PDF 6kb)

    Paper Making (PDF 50kb)
    Paper Mills (PDF 22kb)
    Paper Specimens
    Patents for Inventions (PDF 5kb)
    Patterned Papers
    Printed on the Ice (PDF 308kb)
    Printers (PDF 23kb)
    Printers' Ink (PDF 85kb)
    Printers' Machinery (PDF 49kb)
    Printers' Marks (PDF 109kb)
    Printing Patents (PDF 5kb)
    Printing Processes
    Raithby and Lawrence
    Stereotyping (PDF 5kb)
    Type Facsimile Society (PDF 42kb)
    Type, Engraving Music
    Typefounders and Typefounding (PDF 30kb)
    Watermarks (PDF 4kb)
    Whittaker (John)


    Many of the prints in the John Johnson Collection have been catalogued and digitised. Political Cartoons and Trades and Professions and some Fashion prints (notably cartoons) are available through the John Johnson online catalogue and through VADS, where they are cross-searchable with other collections.

    The Trade in Prints and Scraps (popular prints), the Trade in Cheap Mezzotints and Lithographs, Scraps, Puzzle Pictures and Window Pictures and Transparencies have all been catalogued and digitised. The images are available through the ProQuest resource: The John Johnson Collection: an archive of printed ephemera.


    There are many prints scattered throughout the collection. Genre terms used to describe these in our online catalogue are: Allegorical prints, Art reproductions, Bird's eye view prints, Book illustrations, Botanical illustrations, Caricatures, Cartoons (commentary), Cityscape paintings, Cityscape prints, Commemorative prints, Costume prints, Drawings, Fashions plates, Fashion prints, Frontispieces, Genre drawings, Genre paintings, Genre photographs, Genre prints, Graphite drawings, Group portraits, Hidden image works, Hold-to-light works, Humorous pictures, Illustrations, Landscape drawings, Landscape photographs, Landscape prints, Marine paintings, Marine prints, Medical illustrations, Metamorphic pictures, Micrographical portraits, Military prints, Myrioramas, Mythological prints, Naval prints, Panoramas, Panoramic views, Performing arts prints, Periodical illustrations, Photographic prints, Pictorial alphabets, Pictorial lettersheets, Picture puzzles, Political Cartoons, Portrait drawings, Portrait paintings, Portrait photographs, Portrait prints, Puns (visual works), Rebuses, Religious pictures, Religious prints, Satires (visual works), Scientific illustrations, Scraps, Scrapbooks, Seascape prints, Sheet music covers, Silhouettes, Sporting prints, Still life drawings, Still life paintings, Still life prints, Technical Illustrations,Tinsel prints, Toy theatre cutouts, Viewbooks, Views, Vignettes, Volvelles, Vues d'optique, Wallpapers, and Writing blanks.


    Aquatints (PDF 39kb)
    Arundel Society (PDF 75kb)
    Bartolozzi (PDF 28kb)
    Chiaroscuro (PDF 25kb)
    Chromolithographs (PDF 40kb)
    Chromoxylography (H Knofler)
    Coney (John), Engraved Proofs of Cathedrals (PDF 25kb)
    De Bry (PDF 239kb)
    Durer (PDF 63kb)
    Engravings (PDF 183kb)
    Fashion (PDF 104kb)
    Japanese Prints
    Oil Views

    Oxford Caricatures (PDF 105kb)
    Oxford Sketches (PDF 92kb)
    Political Cartoons
    Printed on the Ice (PDF 59kb)
    Printsellers' Catalogues
    Puzzle Pictures (PDF 29kb)
    Steel Engraving (Victorian) (PDF 25kb)
    Trade in Cheap Lithographs (PDF 25kb)
    Trade in Cheap Mezzotints (PDF 7kb)
    Trade in Prints and Scraps (PDF 189kb)
    Trades and Professions
    Window Pictures and Transparencies (PDF 27kb)
    Woodcuts of the Sixties
    Woodcuts, Hand Coloured
    Woodcuts, Specimens
    Woodcuts, Tintoretto

    Private Presses

    This section is properly Private Presses and Publishers. It includes a range of ephemera from early printers as well as the output of private presses, many of whose printers Johnson knew personally. Private printing is an area in which Johnson (who mostly collected retrospectively) collected contemporary material. Books have been removed from these boxes to the Johnson Books sequence, so that they are searchable through the University’s online library catalogue, SOLO.  A list of these books will be posted here.

     Many presses contain very little material, housed in slim folders. Others, such as Curwen and the Pear Tree Press, are large sections, taking up several boxes.



    View the Private Presses 'A' index (PDF)

    Acorn Press
    Alcuin Press
    Allen, L C Press
    Allenholme Press
    American Presses
    Anacker Press
    Anvil Press
    Aquila Press

    Arber and Grosart Reprints
    Architectural Press
    Archaisms, Misc
    Arden Press
    Argonaut Press
    Aries Press
    Ashendene Press
    Ashlar Press
    Asperne Press
    Asphodel Press
    Astolat Press


    View the Private Presses 'B' index (PDF)

    Ballantyne Press
    Barnicott and Pearce
    Baskerville (John)
    Baylis (Ebenezer)
    Baynard Press
    Beaconsfield Press
    Beaumont Press
    Beissert Press
    Bell (John)
    Bensley and Bulmer
    Birmingham Arts and Crafts
    Birmingham Guild
    Black (A and C)
    Blackamore Press
    Blackie and Sons

    Blades, East and Blades
    Blakeney (E H)
    Boar's Head Press
    Bodoni Press
    Bohemian Press
    Boydell (J )
    Bradley (Will)
    Bremer Press
    British Publishers Various
    Britton (J)
    Broadwater Press
    Brooks Press
    Bulmer (William)
    Burgess of Ramsgate
    Burns and Oates


    Cambridge University Press
    Cameron and Co.
    Caprivard Press
    Caradoc Press
    Casanova Press
    Cassell and Co.
    Catnach (James)
    Caxton Press (New Zealand)
    Cayme Press
    Centaur Press
    Central School of Arts and Crafts
    Charnley (Emerson), Newcastle
    Chelsea Publishing Co.
    Chiswick Press
    Chubb (Ralph N)
    Cleverdon, Douglas
    Cloanthus Press
    Cloister Press
    Club of Odde Volumes

    Cobden-Sanderson (Richard)
    Collingwood (S)
    Compagnie Typographique
    Constable (T and A)
    Cooke (Charles)
    Corvinus Press
    Country Life
    Covici Press
    Cowell (WS)
    Cranach Press
    Cresset Press
    Crosby (B)
    Cuala / Dun Emer Press
    Cundee (J)
    Cupid Press
    Curwen Press
    Cygnet Press



    View the Private Presses 'D' index (PDF)

    Daniel Press
    Dartington Hall
    Davies (Peter)
    De La More
    Devana Press
    Dixey (H G)
    Dolman (Ireland)
    Dolphin Press
    Donaldson, Alexander
    Douglas, David
    Dove, John
    Doves Press
    Dutch Presses
    Dwiggins (WA)


    View the Private Presses 'E' index (PDF)

    Edinburgh Printing
    Egerton Press
    Egoist Press
    Elston Press
    English Transitional
    Enschede Haarlem
    Eragny Press
    Essex House Press



    View the Private Presses 'F' index (PDF)

    Faculty of Arts
    Fanfrolico Press
    Favil Press
    First Edition Club
    Fisher (Henry)
    Fleuron Press
    Florence Press
    Fortune Press
    Foulis (Robert & Andrew)
    Fountain Press
    Franklin (Benjamin)
    French Modern
    Fuller, Temple of Fancy


    View the Private Presses 'G' index (PDF).

    Gardner of Paisley
    Gayton Studio
    Gentry (Helen)
    German Presses
    German Typography
    Gill (Eric)
    Golden Cockerell Press
    Golden Hours Press
    Gosnell (S)
    Goudy Press
    Grayhound Press
    Gregynog Press
    Gresham Press
    Grey Bow Press
    Grolier Club
    Grolier Society of Great Britain
    Gruyon Press
    Guthrie (James)


    View the Private Presses 'H' index (PDF)

    Halcyon Press
    Hand and Flower Press
    Harbor Press
    Harding and Wright
    Harris (J)
    Haslewood Press
    Haworth Press
    Hawthorn House
    Haycock Press
    Hazard of Bath
    Heal (& Son)
    Henderson and Spalding
    Hermes Press

    Hesperides Press
    High House Press
    Hill of Bristol
    Hills (Henry)
    Hilton (Robert)
    Hodgson's and Co.
    Hogarth Press
    Holinski, Alfred
    Hookham Press
    Howe Press
    Hulbert (Charles)


    View the Private Presses 'I' index (PDF)

    Ibbett (W)
    Institute of Graphic Arts
    Institute of Graphic Arts (America)



    View the Private Presses 'J' index (PDF)

    James Press
    Jones (G W)
    Jones and Co


    View the Private Presses 'K' index (PDF)

    Kelmscott Press
    King and Queen Press
    King's Stone Press
    Knight (Charles)
    Knight (J) and Lacey
    Koch (Rudolph)
    Kynoch Press


    View the Private Presses 'L' index (PDF)

    Laboratory Press (Pittsburg)
    Lakeside Press
    Landauer (Bella C)
    Lane (John)
    Lardner (Dr)
    Latin Press
    Leadenhall Press
    Lee Priory Press
    Limbird (J)
    Limited Editions Club
    Lumsden (J)
    Humphries (Percy Lund)



    View the Private Presses 'M' index (PDF)

    Maclin (Thomas)
    Major (John)
    Mandrake Press
    Manor House Press
    Marchbanks Press
    Malborough College
    Mathews (Elkin)
    McCreery (J)
    McLean (Thomas and Hector)
    McPharlin (Paul)
    Medici Society
    Meredith Press
    Merrymount Press
    Mill House Press
    Miller (William)
    Minerva Press
    Modern Continental General (Presses)
    Molyneux Press
    Moor Platt Press
    Morison (Stanley)
    Morland Press
    Mosher (Thomas Bird)
    Moxon Press
    Moyes (James)


    View the Private Presses 'N' index (PDF)

    Nash (John Henry)
    Nichols (J B)
    Nicholson of Totteridge
    Nonesuch Press
    North Country Printing
    Norwich Printing
    Nutt (David)




    View the Private Presses 'O–Q' index (PDF)

    Officina Bodoni see Bodoni
    Orpheus Press
    Overbrook Press
    Oxford University Press
    Paladin Press
    Pauper (Peter)
    Pear Tree Press
    Pegasus Press
    Pelican Press
    Perpetua Press
    Phillips (Sir Richard)
    Pichon (Leon)
    Pickering (William)

    Poetry Bookshop
    Pony Barn Press
    Printing Schools
    Priory Press
    Private Presses Misc.
    Proctor (Robert)
    Provincial Presses 1875-1895
    Provincial Schools (Printing)
    Prowett (Septimus)
    Pushkin Press



    View the Private Presses 'R' index (PDF)

    Rampant Lions
    Random House
    Raven Press
    Relfe (Lupton)
    Ritchie (Ward)
    Rodker (J)

    Rodwell and Martin
    Rogers (Bruce)
    Rollins (Carl P)
    Rota (Bertram)
    Roycrofters (USA)
    Rudge (William Edwin)


    Samson Press

    Samurai Press
    Schmoller Press
    Scholartis Press
    Scott (Walter) Co.
    Seizin Press
    Seven Acre Press
    Shakespeare Head Press
    Sharpe (John)
    Shenval Press
    Sherwood, Neely and Jones
    Simons (Anna)
    Smeeton (George)
    Smith (Percy)
    Smithers (Leonard)

    Society of Printers
    Soncino Press
    Speight and Walpole
    Spottiswoode Ballantyne
    St. Dominics Press
    Stanhope Press
    Stanton Press
    Stead (W T)
    Stourton Press
    Strangeways Press
    Straus (Ralph)
    Strawberry Hill Press
    Studio, The
    Sylvan Press
    Symonds (HD)


    Talbot Press
    Talboys Press
    Tallone (Albert)
    Tarr (John)
    Taylor (J)
    Tintern Press
    Totem Press
    Totham Press
    Trovillion Press
    Vale Press
    Van Voorst
    Vase Press
    Vincent Press

    Vine Press
    Walker (Emery)
    Walpole (Printing Office)
    Ward (Marcus) and Co.
    Westminster Press
    White Owl Press
    Whittock (Nathaniel)
    Wolpe (Berthold)
    Woodstock Press
    Woolly Whale
    Zeitlin Press



    • Boxing
    • Field Sports
    • Football Pools
    • Horse Racing
    • Olympic Games
    • Sports (PDF, 73.1kb)
    • Walking Races (PDF 73kb)



    Few sections of the collection are devoted to a geographical area or city, but several are sub-sorted by place, for example: Booktrade; Educational; Noteheadings; Seaside, Lakes and Spas; Theatre, Provincial. The collection is rich in provincial as well as London ephemera and is a good resource for local history. Places are indexed both by venue (where applicable) and town (e.g. Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne and Newcastle upon Tyne, Theatre Royal). Please note that work remains to be done on standardising the names of towns in the place index.


    • Lichfield
    • Oxford (PDF, 31KB)
    • Sheffield
    • Sheffield Trade

    See also Oxford Trade.


    The first digital project of the Bodleian Library, the Toyota Project (now archived), focussed on the Motor Car section of the collection. All motoring ephemera was catalogued at a page level. It also includes 1,000 sample images from the other Transport sections, detailed indexes of which were created at the same time.

    Motoring in Britain, 1895–1940 by Julie Anne Lambert and Nick Baldwin was published by Toyota City in association with the Bodleian Library, with text in both English and Japanese. The Bodleian Library’s copy is at M99.L00055. There is also a copy in the Japanese Library. In 2010, there was a small display of London Transport posters.

    Bicycles (PDF 124kb)
    Bridges and Tunnels
    Canals (PDF 8kb)
    Carriages for Hire (PDF 34kb)
    Carts, Coaches and Conveyances
    Coach Building (PDF 34kb)
    Coaches (PDF 142kb)
    Harbours, Docks and Piers
    London Transport Board (PDF 26kb)
    Motor Cars

    Omnibuses (PDF 123kb)
    Ports and Harbours
    Public Highway
    Shipping Lines
    Shipping, Cunard Line
    Toll Gates and Tickets
    Tram Tickets