Friday, 30 January 2015

Poems, No Pictures

Poems by Charles Hetherington

A recent addition to our collection of VBD&S artefacts is this copy of 'Poems By Charles Hetherington'. Published in 1868 it is unusual as Vincent Brooks, Day & Son were lithographers and producers of images. This book contains not one single picture!   

Why would VBD&S print this? The name Hetherington rang a bell. Henry Hetherington was a radical printer in the first half of the nineteenth century, a contemporary of Vincent's father John Brooks. 

Maybe Vincent was doing his son a favour? Well, as it turns out Charles father was called Joel, so no connection there. Charles (B.1811), at the time of this book, lived in Hampton, Kingston and had been an invalid for twenty years. 

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