Text: Engraving of Six Bell Ringers.
Clavis Campanalogia, or, A Key to the Art of Ringing, by William Jones, John Reeves & Thomas Blakemore. London: Printed by William Browne & John Warren, 1788.
This engraving is pasted into the front cover of the Athenæum’s copy of Clavis Campanalogia and depicts six bell ringers engaged in the popular recreation of change ringing. Originally invented by youths, it was to become a social craze in seventeenth-century England.