Keys to colour printing: toy books and yellowbacks in the Bodleian

18 January 2017 1.00pm 1.30pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Francesca Tancini, Humfrey Wanley Visiting Fellow


Janet Walwyn | 01865 287156 |


Francesca Tancini presents findings from her research into the development of colour printing in Victorian popular publishing:

'Toy books' and 'yellowbacks' are today highly collectible objects, created in Victorian times for the lower-class readers - mainly children and travellers - who would usually not keep them after reading.

This lecture explores these two editorial genres focusing on colour-printer Edmund Evans (1829-1905) and illustrator Walter Crane (1845-1915). Through the proofs from Evans's files in the John Johnson Collection and rarest printed materials in the Opie and Bodleian Special Collections, it will be analysed how these cheap editorial products marked the turning point towards modern publishing.


This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

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