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  • v. To illustrate a book with pictures taken from published sources, such as by clipping them out for one's own use.


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granger +‎ -ise, after James Granger, a 19th century English biographer.


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  • (verb) - Grangerisation is the addition of all sorts of things directly and indirectly bearing on the book in question, illustrating it, connected with it or its author, or even the author's family . . . It includes autograph letters, caricatures, prints, broadsheets, biographical sketches, anecdotes, scandals, press notices, parallel passages, and any other sort of matter which can be got together . . . for the matter in hand. The word is from Rev. James Granger.

    --Ebenezer Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1898

    January 16, 2018

  • Royal Society video on their early Grangerised books

    an original reference book would have articles and pictures cut from older books and pasted into a new Grangerised book which is now larger in size.

    May 3, 2016

  • See also grangerize. Or if you prefer, you can try gangerhize.

    December 4, 2012

  • "He was a large, loose, fattish man with unintelligent brown eyes magnified by spectacles; he wore an ill-fitting frock-coat and a paper collar, and he showed me, as his great treasure and interest, a large Bible which he had grangerised with photographs of pictures."

    - Wells, Tono Bungay

    (I'm not sure if it ought to be "photographs or pictures" instead, but I'm going from the version at

    December 3, 2012