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Henry M. Ash and CS Faraday (1)
1894 Mackay Bennett Cable Expedition Souvenir

On December 10th 1894 Henry Ash registered at Stationers’ Hall in London the copyright on a little book titled "Souvenir of the 1894 Mackay Bennett Atlantic Cable, Laid by Messrs. Siemens Brothers Co. for the Commercial Cable Company". The registration certificate (dated 14 December 1894) and a cover for this book are in the collection of the Library and Archives Canada. From the format of the cover, the book appears to be a collection of his sketches.

Library and Archives Canada
Henry Ash Fonds: e0441208
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copyright © 2006, Library and Archives Canada

The registration certificate notes that: "One copy of each publication should be forwarded forthwith to the British Museum; and four copies delivered here for the Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, and Dublin Libraries". However, the book is not listed in the catalogues of any of those institutions.

Library and Archives Canada
Henry Ash Fonds: e0441210
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copyright © 2006, Library and Archives Canada

The detailed copyright deposit record from the books of Stationers’ Hall, now held by the UK National Archives at Kew, shows that the book was published by Ede, Dearberg & Co., 40 Queen Street, Cheapside, London E.C. Henry Ash’s address was given as 12 Queen Anne’s Gate, Westminster.

This image shows the cover of the finished book, which contained reproductions of thirty of Henry Ash’s sketches made on the 1894 Mackay Bennett Atlantic Cable expedition.

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copyright © 2010, Tom Hayes

The book includes the sketches shown on the 1894 page, with the addition of this scene titled “Prawl Point Signal Station, South Devon”, and dated 13.4.94. Chronologically this would be the first in the 1894 series of sketches.

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copyright © 2010, Tom Hayes

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