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JEWELLERY. - The Jewellers, Goldsmiths, Silversmiths, and Watchmakers' Monthly Magazine. Vol. I. [All published?].

London, Henry Lea 1863. Quarto contemporary cloth (spine worn and chipped at the ends); [8],188pp and 21 plates - five colour. Smudges, mild stains and signs of use; very decent. ¶ Apparently a complete run of this rare trade journal. The Winterthur Library also has a copy of volume 1, no-one else does so well. Now, this must have begun life as 'The Jewellers', Goldsmiths', Silversmiths' and Modellers' Journal of Art and Manufacture' - also published in 1863 by Henry Lea. Even someone as busy as Lea can't have had two identical journals running at the same time. The V&A has three numbers of that. Doubtless spurred by the interest generated by the 1862 exhibition - also a rich source of material - Lea squeezed this enterprise in between his 1862 and his 1864 bankruptcies. I'd guess unresponsive modellers were dumped along the way in the hope that watchmakers would come aboard. The 1862 exhibition was mined assiduously and there is a brief dismissal of Australian efforts at goldsmithing. More telling perhaps are continuing remarks on the staggering amount of gold coming out of the colony. Whoever edited this worked hard and gathered stuff critical, historical, technical and social from all over the place. Is this the first English language trade journal for jewellers and smiths? There was a Weimar Zeitschrift in the 1840s but I can't find anything else in English, nor any other language, much before the 1870s.
AUD 1200.00 [Appr.: EURO 745 US$ 853.77 | £UK 655.5 | JP¥ 96016] Book number 10248

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