Thursday, February 21, 2013
William Pickering's "The Elements of Euclid"
William Pickering's cover from The Elements of Euclid (1847). Pickering’s most notable publications include Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in 1822, Decameron (with Stothard engravings) in 1825, William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, amongst others. Pickering was a prolific publisher in England in the early 1800s, publishing prose, as well as archelogical publications. His standards were "unusually high for a man whose aims were, after all, primarily commercial" and he was, according to his biographer, "able to become an expert in many areas, including natural history, entomology, and fly-fishing."