Huddersfield Chronicle (16/Dec/1882) - Huddersfield Typography

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Some time ego, by the kindness of the editor of this journal, space was allowed for giving the titles of each books, printed in Huddersfield, as the writer had met with up to that time. Since then other books have come in his way, and perhaps it may be desirable to add to the list. There is good reason to suppose that these lists do not by any means contain the whole of the earlier books, and when dealing with the more modern publications at some future time, it is intended to include any of an earlier date which may have come to light in the interval.

Observations on the Pernicious Effects of Neglecting and Profaining the Holy Sabbath, by the Rev. Jno. Lowe, M.A., Vicar, 1786, J. Brook.

From an article by R. Harland, entitled "The Printing Press in Yorkshire," in the Yorkshire Magazine for 1874, where is given a list of Huddersfield newspapers.

Miscellaneous poems. | By | Thomas Hudson. | Studious of song, And yet ambitious not to sing in vain, I would not trifle merely.

Huddersfield: | Printed and sold by J. Brook ; | sold also by | J. F. and C. Rivington, St. Paul’s Churchyard, London; | J. and J. Morrill, Cambridge, &c. | MDCCLXXXVIII, | [Price, One Shilling.] | 4c. pp. 32. | A copy in the Bodleian.

I am indebted for the title of this took to Mr. All-nut, of the Bodleian Library; I never saw a copy, nor do I know who the author was.

A Thanksgiving Sermon, preached at Lydgate, in Saddleworth, on the 23rd April, 1789, on the Re-establishment of the King’s Health. By. Rev. Thos. Seddon. Huddersfield, 4to.

From "Manchester School Register," vol. i., p. 116, Chetham Soc., 1866.

An History of Fungusses, growing about Halifax. By James Bolton. Three vols. and appendix in 4to, 1788-89 Vols. 2, 3, and the appendix bear the name of J. Brook in the imprint. A copy in the British Museum.

This is a very important book as regards size, style of printing, and illustration.

Corderil colloquiorim Centuria Selceta. A selee century of Corderius's colloquies; with an English translation, as literal as possible: designed for the use of' beginners in the Latin tongue. | By John Clarke, | late Master of the Public Grammar School in Hull; | and author of the | "Introduction to the making of Latin." | A new edition, corrected, | Huddersfield: | Printed and sold by | Brook and Lancashire, Booksellers. | 1798. 12mo. pp. viii, and 170. A copy in the Bodleian.

The Letters of Junius. | "Stat neminis umbra" | Huddersfield | printed and sold by | Brook and Lancashire, Booksellers, | sold also by | Vernor and Hood, London; | 1798. Contents viii. pp, Dedication and Letters 1-285 pp, Notes 287 to 302 pp, Index 303-316.

The' Economy of Love. | by Dr. Armstrong. | "Insanire docet carta rations modique" | London | Printed for the Booksellers | by Brook and Lancashire, Huddersfield | 1800 | With woodcut on Title. Introduction 1 p, Poem 48 pp.

The Juvenile Gleaner; consisting of Entertaining and Instructive Tales, For the Use of Young Persons | Huddersfield | printed and sold by Brook and Lancashire | 1801. | Price Six-pence |

The Title page is illustrated by a rude woodcut, 64 pp. Imprint, Brook and Lancashire, Huddersfield The book very fairly printed on coarse paper, and illustrated by cuts of the same character as the one on the Title Page.

An account of the life of Mr. War who died in Downing-street after a lingering illness on Thursday, the First of October, 1801, to the | unspeakable joy of the Nation together with his last Will and Testament.

"To shades of Hell the Monster's Soul is hurl'd
And Peace again salutes the grateful world"

Huddersfield | Printed by Brook and Lancashire | 1801 | Imprint, | Printed by Brook and Lancashire, Huddersfield | A small tract of 8pp.

Moral Tales and Poetic Essays | by | Mrs. Crowther | "Elle n'a aucun autre objet que celui de plaire | Huddersfield | printed by Brook and Lancashire | for the Subscribers | 1802 |

The title page is adorned by a pretty woodcut apparently by Bewick — A portrait of the authoress in Mezzotint, in a small oval faces the title page.

Introduction 2pp. Remarks &c. by the Editor 5pp Moral Tales &c. 1-130pp. Imprint "printed by Brook and Lancashire, Huddersfield."

Address and prayers at the laying of the first stone of the Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield, 8pp., 8vo. Huddersfield, 1817.

A Peep into the temple of Reason. A reply to Richard Carlile's Intemperate Attack on the Methodists | by Thomas Shepherd, | Huddersfield. | "Answer a Fool according to his Folly." Huddersfield: | printed at the office of Thomas Smart, | King-street, | 1823 | To the public 2pp. To Mr. Richard Carlile 5-31p. Imprint Thomas Smart, printer, King-street, Huddersfield.

The loss of Ministers improved; being the substance of a sermon, occasioned by the death of the Rev. John Coates, M.A., late Vicar of Huddersfield, and preached At the Holy Trinity Church, in that town, on Sunday evening, July 13th, 1823, by Henry John Maddock, M, A,, 32pp. 8vo. Huddersfield.

Recent poems, on rural and other miscellaneous subjects, | by Thomas Shaw, | Apiarian, | native of Saddleworth, | Yorkshire, | Huddersfield : | printed for the author, by J. Lancashire, | 1824.

Facing the title page is a rude wood-cut of a youth reading under a tree. The dedication is to Mr. Henry Roberts and Mr. James Whitehead especially, as also to Mr. James Mills, &c., &c., &c. Signed in the style usually adopted by Mr. Micawber, as fellows :—

I subscribe myself, your devoted and obliged,
very faithful,
humble servant,
Thomas Shaw.

Title page and preface 9pp. Poems, &c., 10-234pp. Index and errata, 235-237. List of subscribers, 238-242. Imprint, "Lancashire, printer, Huddersfield."

The ordinary of the sacrifice of the Mass; prefaced by a few remarks on its institution and perpetuation, and explanatory of its ceremonies. Printed for the opening of the Huddersfield Catholic Chapel, September 26th, 1832. Pp 23,12 mo. Huddersfield.

Fifteen lessons on the Analogy and Syntax of the English Language, | by William Hill, | entered at Stationers' Hall. | Huddersfield: | printed for the author, by T. G. Lancashire, | sold by Simpkin and Marshall. London, | and all booksellers. | 1833, | The introduction 4 pp.

The book is not paged — but divided into 15 lessons.

Nugae Poeticae | original poems | by | John G. Ryan. | "Quod verum atque decons curo et rogo et omnis in hee sum." | Hor. Ep. Huddersfield | T. G. Lancashire, Market-place | Simpson and Oo.. London | 1834 | Imprint. Lancashire, printer, Huddersfield. Dedication, 1 p. Preface, 2 pp. Table of contents, 2 pp. Poems, 9-122 p.

A Papal Bull from Pope Gregory XVI. to King Joseph the Deludor, Companion of the Society of Jesuits, the would-be Radical and sometime a pensioner on the halfpay list of the King of England. 32 pp., 8 vo. Huddersfield, 1834.

Remarks on the Constitution of Proprietary Schools, to which are annexed a form of prayer and thanksgiving, selected and prepared for the opening of a school, together with the substance of a speech delivered on the same occasion. By the Rev. J. C. Franks, M.A.. Vicar of Huddersfield. 15 pp., 8 vo. Huddersfield, 1838.

Spring flowers; being a literary miscellany, published in aid of the Sunday and Infant School, Huddersfield. | Huddersfield : | printed by J. Brook, West gate, | 1839.

There is a nicely drawn woodcut of the Northgate Schools on the title page.

Title page, contents and introduction, xv pp. Miscellany, 1-144 pp. Size 6½by 4 inc.

The introduction is signed with the initials J.C.F., J.G., F.R.J., meaning, I suppose, the Rev. Mr. Franks, Mr. Gatliff, and Mr. F. R. Jones, and consists of a statement of the advantages to be derived from a regular course of education, which read by the light of events which have come to pass in our day is very interesting. I will quote one passage "Until the laws of the land require each an education, as deserves the name, to be deemed a necessary qualification for every employment which any child, of any station, is allowed to undertake, let us endeavour to lead the mind of every parent to feel it so, by the influence of persuasion and by the private rules of employers to that effect. Then National Education will necessarily follow." Some of the selections are very interesting, and one especially, entitled, "The Croises," a dramatic fragment, where the scene is laid on Castle Hill, in Almondbury. There is a note on the name of Almondbury deriving it somewhat fancifully from the words "Aile-mond-burgh" — "the fort of the Eagle’s Hill," and proceeds to say: "The view from the old Saxon mound to the south is magnificently grand and beautiful, and even in the present state of military science there are few positions in the kingdom equal in strength to this ground. It teems designed by nature to be "a mountain of refuge" to the end of time. The proprietor of this interesting place deserves the thanks of the public for the preservation of so grand a specimen of Saxon castrametation, but he would greatly increase the obligation it be were to surround it with protective plantations." Thus for our author. I venture here to add a few observations on the exceptional advantages enjoyed by the people of Huddersfield in Castle Hill being so near to the town, in fact being actually within the municipal boundary. It will be remembered that only one half the summit is free to the public, and to make the place worthy the site appears to me a very simple matter. I would suggest that the whole of the top of the hill be thrown open, around which a terrace walk should be made, thus enabling visitors to examine the varied prospect with comfort and ease. A few chairs or garden seats at intervals would be useful and would complete the work. Anyone who has travelled in Scotland cannot fail to have been struck by the skill with which all natural features are utilised for the public benefit, and oftentimes very charming results are obtained from what appear to have been rather unpromising materials. How few towns there are in the United Kingdom which have a hill nearly 1,000 feet high within their boundaries; therefore, I take it that Huddersfield ought to make the best of Castle Hill — a site which commands a view bounded on the north by the Craven Hills, and by the Derbyshire Hills on the south, is sorely worth improving. Many years ago a scheme was mooted to build a tower on the top of the hill; I do not know why this was abandoned, but whatever the cause was it is a matter for regret that the town and neighbourhood lost the opportunity of having a fine landmark in so good actuation.

Northgate School has now been sold, and the proceeds devoted towards the cost of the new schools in Kirkgate.

(To be concluded in another paper.)