The man of pleasure’s pocket-book

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  • Title: The man of pleasure’s pocket-book, or, The bon vivant’s vade mecum, for the year 1781, being the universal companion in every line of taste, gallantry, and haut ton … / by a member of the Club of Savoir-Vivres.
  • Publication: London : Printed for S. Bladon, No. 13, Paternoster-Row, [1780]

Catalog Record

145 M266 1780

Acquired September 2020

 

The six ologies

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  • Printmaker: Stanley, Edward, 1779-1849, printmaker.
  • Title: The six ologies : viz. entomology, anthology, demonology, ornithology, craniology, apology.
  • Publication: [England] : [publisher not identified], [ca. 1825]

Catalog Record

Folio 75 St787 825

Acquired November 2020

George Cruikshank : the artist, the humorist, and the man

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Extra-illustrated with 116 additional prints and autograph material: 82 etchings, caricatures, engraved plates, illustrated title pages, and broadsides by George Cruikshank, of which 24 are hand-colored, mounted and captioned in pencil having been trimmed to the image with loss of imprints

 

  • Author: Bates, William, -1884, author.
  • Title: George Cruikshank : the artist, the humorist, and the man, with some account of his brother Robert : a critico-bibliographical essay / by William Bates … ; with numerous illustrations by G. Cruickshank including several from original drawings in the possession of the author.
  • Edition: Second edition, revised, and augmented by a copiously annotated bibliographical appendix, and additional plates on India paper.
  • Publication: London : Houlston and Sons, Paternoster Square ; Birmingham : Houghton and Hammond, Scotland Passage, 1879.

Catalog Record

75 C889 S879

Acquired March 2020

Occasional reflections in a journey from London to Norwich

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  • Title: Occasional reflections in a journey from London to Norwich & Cambridge.
  • Publication: London : Printed, and sold by A. Baldwin, near the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-Lane, MDCCXI [1711]

Catalog Record

62 711 Oc15

Acquired April 2020

 

Valuable life annuities, with equitable assurance old policies

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  • Title: Valuable life annuities, with equitable assurance old policies, and Covent-Garden Theatre shares. Particulars of four very desirable annuities, seventy-two pounds nine shillings each, clear of all deduction, … payable out of the money arising from the tolls of the Longships Light-House, near the Land’s End, Cornwall, amounting to near £3000 per annum. … : Also, two new shares of £500 each, in Covent-Garden Theatre, entitling the possessor to an annuity of twenty-five pounds per share, for eighty-five years from the opening of the theatre, with an annual transferrable [sic] free admission. Which will be sold by auction, by Mr. Scott, on Friday, the 17th of Feb. 1815, at twelve o’clock, at the Mart, London, near the Bank of England.
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [1815]

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Acquired April 2020

Gay’s Fables

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An engraved writing sheet illustrated with seven scenes from Gay’s Fables, each with rhyming couplet below. At head, and the largest scene, is ‘The Shepherd and the Philosopher’; six smaller scenes form the right and left borders below. A garlanded motif, designed to carry a hand-inserted date-line, is at the foot.

 

  • Title: Gay’s Fables [graphic].
  • Publication: London : Published by Robt. Sayer, map, chart & printseller, No. 53 Fleet Street, as the act directs, Novr. 17th, 1787.

Catalog Record

787.11.17.01++

Acquired May 2020

Anecdotes of painting in England

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  • Author: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797, author.
  • Title: Anecdotes of painting in England : with some account of the principal artists; and incidental notes on other arts; collected by the late Mr. George Vertue; and now digested and published from his original mss. / by Mr. Horace Walpole.
  • Manufacture: [Twickenham] : Printed by Thomas Farmer at Strawberry-Hill, MDCCLXII-MDCCLXXI [1762-1771]

Catalog Record

33 10 Copy 23

Acquired January 2020

Travels through Denmark and part of Sweden

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  • Author: Macdonald, James, traveller, author.
  • Title: Travels through Denmark and part of Sweden, during the winter and spring of the present year 1809 : containing authentic particulars of the domestic condition of those countries, the opinions of the inhabitants, and the state of agriculture / by James MacDonald. In two volumes.
  • Publication: London : Printed for Richard Phillips, Bridge-Street, Blackfriars, 1809.

Catalog Record

81 809M

Acquired March 2020

 

Promis’d horrors of the French invasion

description below“French troops march with fixed bayonets up St. James’s Street, the houses receding in perspective to the gate of the Palace, which is blazing. In the foreground on the left and right are ‘White’s’ and ‘Brookes’s’. The former is being raided by French troops; the Opposition is in triumphant possession of the latter. “–British Museum online catalogue

  • Printmaker: Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
  • Title: Promis’d horrors of the French invasion, or, Forcible reasons for negociating a regicide peace [graphic] : vide, the authority of Edmund Burke / Js. Gy. d. & fect.
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. Octr. 20th, 1796, by H. Humphrey, New Bond Street, [20 October 1796]

Catalog Record 

796.10.20.01++ Impression 2

Acquired November 2019

The Bengal levee

description below“Lord Cornwallis holds a levee in Government House, Calcutta, in a large room divided by a panelled partition which stretches across the design from left to right and is broken by three wide doorways, showing an inner room, crowded with guests, with three large windows between which are pier-glasses in ornate frames. In the spaces between the doorways are four candle-sconces placed above four of Thomas Daniell’s ‘Views of Calcutta’, either the originals or (more probably) the aquatints. [Published by him at Calcutta 1786-8, reproduced in W. Corfield’s ‘Calcutta Faces and Places’. Cf. also ‘Memoirs of William Hickey’, iii. 327, 342.] In the nearer portion of the room the figures are dispersed; Cornwallis stands in the inner room on the right, his right hand on his breast, left in his breeches pocket. He is talking to Cudbert Thornhill, a grotesque-looking civilian who faces him in profile to the right. Behind Thornhill, waiting to approach Cornwallis, is King Collins wearing regimentals. Behind this group is a crowd of unidentified guests. The figures in the foreground (left to right) are: Lt.-Col. Alexander Ross, secretary to Cornwallis, who is talking to Colonel John Fullarton, senior officer at the Presidency (‘East India Kalendar’, 1791, p. 14). Next, a stout civilian, with legs thick to deformity, holds both hands of a very slim and foppish civilian; they are John Haldane and Claud Benizett, [Identified by Wright and Evans as John Wilton.] Sub-Treasurer. The centre figures are a very stout colonel talking to a thin and grotesque civilian holding a long cane; both wear spectacles. They are Colonel Auchmuty and William Pye, Collector of the Twenty-four Pergunnahs. A grotesquely ugly little civilian, standing alone in profile to the left, taking snuff, is W. C. Blaquiere. [Identified by Wright and Evans] On the extreme right an obese man and a cadaverously thin man, both civilians, take each other’s hands in an affected manner; they are Robert MacFarlane, Clerk of the Market, and John Miller, Deputy of Police. From MacFarlane’s pocket hangs a long paper: ‘Price Current Calcutta Market Grain Rice Bran Paddy Agent’. Behind Pye stands the Rev. Thomas Blanshard, a very stout man in profile to the left with his hands behind his back. Behind him a civilian grasps the hands of a Greek priest wearing robes and a high hat. They are Edward Tiretta of the Bazaar and Father Parthanio. …”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
  • Title: The Bengal levee [graphic] / etch’d by Js. Gillray, from an original drawing made on the spot by an amateur.
  • Publication: London : Publish’d Novr. 9th, 1792, by Js. Gillray, Chealsea, & by H. Humphrey, No. 18 Old Bond Street, [9 November 1792]

Catalog Record 

792.11.09.01++ Impression 2

Acquired November 2019