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Beyond Shakespeare

Church of England. The Book of Common-Prayer. London, 1664

Although Shakespeare’s works were grangerized more than any other single author’s, many types of publication inspired extra-illustrators. People in England had been personalizing religious texts with additional images long before James Granger’s Biographical History transformed extra-illustration in the late eighteenth century. As both a collection of biographies and a catalog of prints, Granger’s book in turn led to the extra-illustration of other biographies and other art catalogs. Travel books and histories proved to be similarly rich in words ripe for illustration.


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