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This collection contains over 20,000 pages and over 1400 incredible illustrations. If you bought this collection of paperback books you would pay $30 to $40 per book (about $1500 for the collection). See how much they are selling for at Barnes & Noble by clicking here. We are offering 40 PDF’s that encompass the entire collection of Rudolph Ackermann’s 20 year publication, Repository of Arts as an easy one click bulk download.
The history of Ackermann’s Repository
Rudolph Ackermann was an Anglo-German bookseller, inventor, lithographer, publisher and businessman. His wish as a youth was to study at university, but this ultimately wasn’t possible because his family was too poor. So, instead he became a saddler, like his father and coach-builder in different German cities. Later he moved to Paris, and then London, where in 1795 he established a print-shop and drawing-school. This is where Ackermann set up a lithographic press and begun a business selling prints.
Ackermann had a background in design, so moving toward illustrating books was not a stretch for his entrepreneurial spirit. In 1809 he began using his press produce of the Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions, which appeared monthly. It would continue for 20 years and even circulated internationally. It eventually evolved into a ladies magazine, but it continued to represent Ackermann’s wide-ranging interests. The illustrations were the highlight, with fashion plates and furniture designs in amazing detail. In an age before photography, the illustrations were all hand-colored, and totaled over 1,400 throughout the entire 20 year publication. They depict early 19th-century upper middle class England with amazing detail; clothing, furniture, room designs, houses, and country estates. There were even tiny samples of fabrics and wallpaper that were attached to some of the pages. By the end the publication he had produced forty volumes in 20 years. By the time Ackerman died in 1834, he had published over 300 books.
For a preview of some of the public domain images and illustrations that you will find in the collection, see the low resolution sample images below.
*Note – The actual images in the collection are higher resolution than the samples below.