Strines Journal

  • Reference
      GB 133 Eng MS 1422/4
  • Dates of Creation
      Jan-Dec 1855
  • Physical Description
      232 x 173 mm. 1 vol., x + 252 pp. Binding: half-bound in green calf, marbled-paper boards.

Scope and Content

The Strines Journal, volume 4, nos 29-40, dedicated to Thomas Coward of Bowdon, esq.

Essays and articles on 'Half-hours with our book illustrators, no. 1: John Leech', 'Ancient Edifices in Manchester', 'Albert Smith and Mont Blanc'; Science and Art: 'The Moon and its Surface Inequalities', by James Nasmyth, 'a visit to Highfield House Observatory, the Nasmyth gun, a visit to an American telegraphic office; Travels and Adventures: 'three days of my life', 'an evening with our American correspondent'; History and Biography: Lyme Hall, the autobiography of Jesse Bridge (continued), the fall of Sebastopol; Lectures at Strines: 'the wonderful vegetable productions of foreign lands', glances at Paris past and present', 'coal and the coal formation'; Monthly Observations; Original Poetry; Divine Services at Strines; Miscellaneous, including the oldest tree in the world, Strines Library, French sang-froid, the Queen's visit to the tomb of Napoleon, the largest steamer in the world, a locomotive engine for Balaklava.

Illustrated with 16 photographs by ' J. S.' [Joseph Sidebotham] and T. Davies, mainly of local views, but also including photographs of the moon, panoramic view of the sea of Azov, the Nasmyth gun, the Nasmyth steam hammer, and a 'touched' portrait of George G. W. Morgan. There are 34 other illustrations, the majority by John M. Gregory: ink drawings in imitation of engravings and etchings, watercolours, drawings in ink and coloured or monochrome washes, either pasted in, or applied directly to the page. Many are highly accomplished. There are also decorative initial letters and title pages.