The history of Prince Lee Boo

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  • Uniform Title: Prince Lee Boo.
  • Title: The history of Prince Lee Boo : son of Abba Thulle, King of the Pelew Islands : brought to England by Captain Wilson, commander of the Antelope, East India packet, which was wrecked off these islands, on her passage, from China, on the 9th, of August, 1783 : with an account of Lee Boo’s death : and he was buried in Rotherhithe Church-Yard, where a tomb is erected in his memory.
  • Publication: London : Printed for Thomas Hughes, 35, Ludgate Street, 1824.
  • Manufacture: [London] : Plummer and Brewis, Printers, Love Lane, Eastcheap)

Catalog Record

659 824P

Acquired July 2021

To the most noble George Marquis of Townshend

description below

“A mounted officer of the Norfolk rangers, his blued sword drawn, a Tarleton helmet on his head, in green uniform with black facings and silver lace, a sword-belt across his chest and a sash about his waist, other members of the corps exercising in the fields beyond, the colours of the regiment below.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Tomkins, Charles, 1757-1823, printmaker, artist.
  • Title: To the most noble George Marquis of Townshend, the officers and gentlemen of the Norfolk Rangers, this portrait and representation of their uniform is inscribed by the proprietors [graphic] / drawn & engrav’d by Chas. Tomkins.
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. as the act directs, Decr. 1, 1799, for the proprietors by Egerton, Whitehall, [1 December 1799]

Catalog Record

799.12.01.01

Acquired June 2021

Hudibras vanquish’d and protected by Trulla

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A copy (cropped) of Hogarth’s fifth plate: Hudibras is sprawled on the ground with Trulla, a large country-woman, astride him fending off angry villagers, including a cobbler and a butcher who are wielding clubs; to the left, Ralpho is flanked by a man with a rope (mostly cropped from this image) and another who holds a sword.

  • Title: Hudibras vanquish’d and protected by Trulla [graphic] : P. 1. Cant: 3. l. 929.
  • Publication: [London] : [Robert Sayer], [between 1768 and 1794]

Catalog Record

Folio 75 H67 768B

Acquired January 2021

Hudibras in tribulation

description below

“Hudibras and Ralpho are in the stocks, the knight’s boots, sword and pistols taking the place of the fiddle; a sympathetic widow, accompanied by her maid, addresses Hudibras while villagers gather round to mock, and a small boy urinates on Ralpho’s foot”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Title: Hudibras in tribulation [graphic] : Part 2 Canto 1, l. 87.
  • Publication: [London] : [Robert Sayer], [between 1768 and 1794]

Catalog Record

Folio 75 H67 768B

Acquired January 2021

The frontispiece and its explanation

frontispieceA copy of the Hogarth’s Frontispiece and its explanation for Samuel Butler’s poem Hudibras with the title engraved above the image and the text below in a single sentence below. Plate one is an emblematic scene with an oval portrait of Samuel Butler mounted on a pedestal on which is carved a relief showing a satyr whipping figures of Rebellion, Hypocrisy and Ignorance dressed as puritans, while he drives a chariot drawn by Hudibras and Ralpho; in the foreground, on the left, a satyr holds up a volume of Butler’s poem as a guide for the carver (a boy dressed only in an apron), and on the right a young satyr holds up a mirror to a figure of Britannia.

 

  • Title: The frontispiece and its explanation [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Printed and sold by Robt. Sayer, map & printseller at No. 53 in Fleet Street, [between 1760 and 1777?]

Catalog Record

Folio 75 H67 768B

Acquired January 2021

Proof sheets of illustrations for publications…

drawings of a variety of animals, see description belowA collection of 24 proof sheets, mostly eight images per sheet, surrounded by typographic border. The images range from individual animals, such as sloth, sheep dog, ass, lion and tiger, to small country scenes by Bewick or in his style, to battledowrs and chapbook illustrations from Robin Hood to Blue Beard. Also included are satirical prints such as Bewick’s ‘Clown’s Visit to the Moon’, or Davison’s publication on local history.

 

  • Title: [Proof sheets of illustrations for publications by William Davison of Alnwick] [graphic].
  • Publication: [Alnwick] : Published by W. Davison, Bondgate Street, Alnwick, [between 1820 and 1840]

Catalog Record 

75 D285 820

Acquired July 2020

The library

description belowA scene in a fashionable library with ladies and gentlemen conversing with attendants at the counters on either side. On the left a woman looks in a book while her male companion converses with a clergyman, as the woman behind the counter consults a book. On the right, a man sits in a chair as a lady discusses her choices with the man behind the counter who reaches for a book below a sign ‘Stamp’. Behind him is another sign “Just published […]” An older woman with a walking stick approaches the counter on the right, followed by a Black servant and a dog. The windows are filled with books and prints. Through the open door a woman with an umbrella is silhouetted; to the left another sign “History Westminster and its monuments.”

 

  • Printmaker: Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, printmaker.
  • Title: The library [graphic] / J. Green delt.
  • Publication: [London] : [R. Ackermann], [1813]

Catalog Record

813.00.00.24

Acquired November 2020

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

description below

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

The naturalist’s cabinet

title page

  • Author: Smith, Thomas, 1775 or 1776-1830, author.
  • Title: The naturalist’s cabinet : containing interesting sketches of natural history; illustrative of the natures, dispositions, manners, and habits of all the most remarkable quadrupeds, birds, fishes, amphibia, reptiles, &c. in the known world / by Rev. Thomas Smith.
  • Publication: [London] : Published by James Cundee, Ivy-Lane, Paternoster Row, [1806-1807]
  • Manufacture: [London] : Albion Press printed.

Catalog Record

63 806 Sm642

Acquired January 2020

The British volunteer

title page

General history of the formation and establishment of the volunteer and associated corps

 

  • Title: The British volunteer, or, A general history of the formation and establishment of the volunteer and associated corps, enrolled for the protection and defence of Great Britain. Embellished with portraits, and plates of tactics.
  • Publication: London : Printed by C. Whittingham, Dean Street, Fetter Lane; and published by T. Egerton, at the Military Library, Whitehall; sold by J. F. Tomkins, … [and 5 others], 1799.

Catalog Record 

63 799 B862

Acquired January 2020