Most printed illustrations of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight date from the eighteenth century and include book illustrations, as well as those published as single sheets. From the mid-nineteenth century, photographs of places and individuals add to the visual record and from the late nineteenth century, postcards depicting places, events and people become commonplace. Guides include:
The large collection of illustrations provides an important visual record of the county. It includes over 2,000 eighteenth and nineteenth-century prints, as well as later acquisitions in the form of collections of photographs and postcards - the latest of these being a collection of over 3,000 postcards of Southampton, most of which date from the early years of the 20th century.
In the Special Collections open access area there is an alphabetical index to the illustrations, and you can order the items in the Archives Search Room.
Modern books of views and those which include reproductions of prints and early photographs, are shelved at Cope 91.5, Cope SOU 91.5 etc. Such books are often oversize and will be shelved in the 'quarto' section.
Rare Books Cope pc 1550
Rare Books Cope cq 98.915 ALU