Definition of grangerize in English:


transitive verb

(also British grangerise)
[with object]
  • Illustrate (a book) by later insertion of material, especially prints cut from other works.

    ‘he became a great favorite with the queen, and grangerized many historical works for her amusement’
    • ‘there were grangerized copies in the British Library’
    • ‘After 1803, Edward became the librarian to Queen Charlotte and would grangerise historical works for her.’
    • ‘Tuckwell preserved this note in his own grangerized copy of his book which is now located in the Bodleian Library.’
    • ‘This is a collection of about 700 volumes of 16th to 19th century works including bibliographical and topographical works which have been grangerized with additional engravings.’
    • ‘They may also have collections of local photographs, prints, postcards, trade cards and other ephemera, some perhaps mounted in the scrap books or grangerised volumes popular in the 19th century.’
    • ‘Many of the other volumes in the original collection are also illustrated, and some have been heavily grangerized with illustrations.’
    • ‘This became immensely popular at the time and many people enjoyed actively seeking out illustrations from other books to include in a Granger, and so grangerising became a common expression.’
    • ‘Once the library of a bibliophile was not thought complete without examples of the art of grangerizing or privately illustrated illustrated books.’
    • ‘He amassed similar collections of American advertising of the 1920s, plus grangerized Shakespeare, Burns, etc.’
    • ‘This process, known as grangerizing, came to mean any book that was rebound into a different edition with new additional prints, letters, or other memorabilia.’
    • ‘This idea to leave blank pages for readers was known as grangerizing, and basically referred to a book that was rebound to allow for the addition of pictures, prints, and general memorabilia.’
    • ‘Once conceived, grangerizing came to include books that were disbound and rebound with added illustrations, letters, autographs or other additions.’
    • ‘Hals has J. E. Cussans own grangerised copy of his History of Hertfordshire.’
    • ‘Lawrence agreed with Read's comment that it was grangerised, declaring that he had said as much in his preface to the illustrations - ‘Why shouldn't I grangerise my own book?’
    • ‘At the risk of being accused of the beauty-actor habit, but knowing your love for grangerizing, I send you one or two photos of myself which you might like to stick in my book.’
    • ‘Because many books were robbed of steel engravings to put into Granger's history, such mutilation came to be known as grangerizing.’
    • ‘MSS 1654 and 1655 are essentially two manuscript volumes which form a grangerised copy of R H Cromek's Reliques of Robert Burns, fourth edition, 1817.’
    • ‘These grangerized copies, including both letterpress and engraved material, were presented to the Bodleian in 1837, but were transferred to the Ashmolean Museum in 1951.’
    • ‘There exist several extra-illustrated copies of this work which leads us to conclude that this large-paper extra-illustrated edition was an example of a publication for the grangerizing school of extra-illustration that had a vogue in the mid-nineteenth century.’



/ˈɡrānjəˌrīz/ /ˈɡreɪndʒəˌraɪz/


Late 19th century from the name of James Granger (1723–76), English biographer.