Excerpt from A Biographical History of England, From Egbert the Great to the Revolution, Vol. 1 of 6: Consisting of Characters Disposed in Different Classes, and Adapted to a Methodical Catalogue of Engraved British Heads; Intended as an Essay Towards Reducing Our Biography to System, and a Help to the Knowledge of Portraits
Previously to the publication Of the first Edition of this Work in 1769, five shillings was considered a liberal price by Collectors for any English portrait; and the late Lord Orford, Sir William Musgrave, and Richard Bull, esq. Have declared to several persons111 still living, that the most valuable prints in their Col lections were purchased by them at, or under, that sum. But on the appearance Of Mr. Granger's work, the rage to illustrate it with portraits was so pre valent, that scarcelya Copy of a book ornamented with portraits could be found in an unmutilated state: and books of this description rose in price to five times their original value. Holland's Heroologia, Anderson's Genealogical History of the House of Yvery, Dugdale's Origines Juridicales, Birch's Lives of Illustrious Persons, Rapin's and Lar rey's History of England, Collins's History Of the Noble Houses of Vere and Cavendish, Smith's History Of Virginia, Clarke's and Lupton's Lives Of eminent Divines, Knight's Lives of Erasmus and Dean Colet, and all works Of a similar description, have been freely plundered for the sake of their attractive embellishments.
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