ne of the interesting things about reading Varney the Vampire, especially in the format I have (1850s facsimile. Double-columns of tiny, often faded text. Quite challenging.) is the illustrations. Each chapter (I think) has one small picture containing or portraying the first letter of the chapter (as in an illuminated manuscript) and one larger image illustrating a scene.

Project Gutenberg is good enough to have scanned in all these images, so I may be playing around with them a bit. Here’s my first endeavor:

 There was no “U” available, so I had to use a rather florid “V”.