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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Definitions for grangerize

  1. To add to the visual content of a book by inserting images not included in the original volume, often by mutilating other books.
  2. To mutilate books in order to get illustrative material for such a purpose.

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Citations for grangerize
He looked up from his reading, "An Illustrated History of Sparta," which he proceeded to grangerize. Roger Rosenblatt, Beet: A Novel
If, however, Mr. Lindsay is determined to grangerize his collections, I would suggest that before he does so he should examine the illustrated Clarendon in the Bodleian Library which has the character for being the most magnificent grangerized book in existence. William White, "Regimental Messes," Notes and queries, Volume 82, 1890.
Origin of grangerize
Grangerize is named after James Granger (1723-1776), an English clergyman whose "Biographical History of England" (1769) included areas for additional illustrations.