Old Book Scans by Rudolph Ackermann 1809s

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Old Book Scans: 1809 – 1828 Rudolph Ackermann’s The Repository of Arts Magazine

About the collection:

Rudolph Ackermann (1764 – 1834) was an Anglo German bookseller, inventor, lithographer, publisher and a businessman. During his career, he founded a print and picture emporium that opened in 1796 in Strand, London. His unique shop sold prints, books, paintings, arts and craft supplies. It was a fashionable hang out place for upper class Londoners during the time. His shop was a popular spot until it was closed in 1856.

Perhaps, he was best known as the publisher of “The Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashion, and Politics“. First published in 1809, the monthly magazine had forty volumes until 1828. It featured articles and illustrations on fashion, social and literary news. Beautiful lithographic color plates were included in every issue and on occasion it also included patterns and fabric samples. The magazine quickly become a huge fashion influence and eagerly anticipated by society women in London. It was the best visual source and fashion reference that money can buy during the time.

By the end of the 40th volume, the magazine have published 1,500 hand colored plates.

This rare collection of old book scans gather the complete 1,500 high resolution images from the 40 volumes of his popular magazine.

Download details:

  • 1,500 high-res stock photo quality images
  • 5.50GB worth of files delivered thru instant downloads
  • Large image size, averaging 7″ X 11″ inches at 300 DPI
  • All unique images, no duplication
  • File Format: JPG

Click on the sample below to view the color plates, pictures downsized for faster loading. Actual file is much larger.

Sample Pictures: Fashion & Activities

Sample Pictures: Interior Design

Sample Pictures: Architecture & Buildings

Sample Pictures: Animal

Sample Pictures: Pattern & Motifs

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