A calendar, or List of the several prisoners to be tried

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  • Title: A calendar, or List of the several prisoners to be tried at the next Assizes, to be held at Thetford, in and for the said county, on Friday the 25th day of March, 1757 : the times of their commitments, their several crimes, and by whom committed.
  • Publication: Norwich : Printed by Robert Davy, by order of the goaler, [1757]

Catalog Record

File 52 C149 757++

Acquired November 2022

A full, true and correct statement ef [sic] the grand procdedings…

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A broadside that lays out Queen Caroline’s appeal to be rightfully crowned Queen alongside her estranged husband George IV. Despite the withdrawal of the Pains and Penalties Bill following Caroline’s trial in the House of Lords, the King continued to shun his wife, culminating in his refusal to allow her entry into the coronation which took place at Westminster Abbey on July 19th, 1821.

  • Title: A full, true and correct statement ef [sic] the grand procdedings [sic] [that] took place on Thursday, 19th of July, in the city of London, on the coronation of His Royal Majesty King George the Fourth : giving an account of the protestation of Her Most Grrcious [sic] and Royal Majesty Caroline Queens [sic] of England, against the decision of the Privy Connsil [sic].
  • Publication: [Cork, Ireland] : Henry Baird, printer, No. 21, Paul-Street, Cork, [1821]

Catalog Record

File 53 C292 821Fu

Acquired August 2022

The vanity of human life

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Broadsheet: 3 large woodcut blocks illustrations and verses

 

  • Title: The vanity of human life. : Life and death contrasted, or, An essay on man. Messenger of mortality, or, Death and the lady.
  • Publication: [London] : Printed & sold by J. Catnach, No. 2, Monmouth-Court, 7 Dials, London, [1820s?]

Catalog Record

820.00.00.115+

Acquired November 2022

Grand aerostatic ascent…

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Broadside advertising an ascent by Sieur Krous involving balloons in the form of Henry IV of France and “a number of wild animals”, which would perform an “aerial chace, or hunt in the air”.

 

  • Title: Grand aerostatic ascent. The nobility, gentry, and the public are most respectfully informed that the Sieur Krous, having at length succeeded in obtaining a ground for the above experiment, it will positively take place on Monday, July 3, 1815, at the Angel Gardens, Lambeth Walk, (late Chapman’s) near Vauxhall. …
  • Publication: London : W. Glindon, Rupert-Street, Haymarket, 1815.

Catalog Record

File 53 K93 815

Acquired January 2023

An account of the happy wedding

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An account of a marriage between a black man and a white servant in Bristol at the beginning of the 19th century. The handbill ostensibly supports the union but also perpetuates racial stereotypes and mocks the proceedings.

  • Title: An account of the happy wedding, that took place at St. Augustine’s Church, yesterday morning, Nov. 28 ; between a man of colour, well known as a shoeblack, on the quay, and a servant girl, living at a public-house, in that neighbourhood; being the sable bridegroom’s fifth wife!.
  • Publication: [Bristol] : H. Bonner, printer, No. 4, Narrow Wine-Street, Bristol, [approximately 1826]

Catalog Record

File 63 825 Ac172+

Acquired April 2023

Massacre of the French king!

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Minerva Press broadside detailing the unfortunate end of Louis XVI on the guillotine, January 21, 1793 in Paris. The broadside includes a woodcut illustration of a man lying face down waiting for the blade of the guillotine to drop; the decree of the French National Convention authorizing the execution of “Louis Capet;” descriptions of his execution and of the guillotine–“the modern beheading machine”–and a few anecdotes indicating “that for some time [the king] had been expecting his fate.”

 

  • Title: Massacre of the French king! : view of la guillotine, or the modern beheading machine, at Paris, by which the unfortunate Louis XVI (late King of France) suffered on the scaffold, January 21st, 1793.
  • Publication: London : Printed at the Minerva Office, for William Lane, Leadenhall-Street, and sold wholesale at one guinea per hundred : And retail by every bookseller, stationer, &c. in England, Scotland and Ireland, [1793]

Catalog Record

File 82 793M++

Acquired November 2022

Trial and execution of these unhappy young men

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A crudely printed broadside with numerous typographical errors, the text in three columns.
With woodcut illustration at top illustrating the scene of the execution: a crowd watching four men hang from the gallows.

 

  • Title: Trial and execution of these unhappy young men : who was [sic] executed at the Old Bailey this morning.
  • Publication: [London] : Bishop, printer, 14 Shorts Gardens, Drury Lane, [1830]

Catalog Record

File 52 T819 830+

Acquired November 2022

The whole particulars of a most barbarous, cruel, and horrid murder….

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Printed in four columns. With two large woodcuts beneath the title illustrating the murder and the discovery of the body. A third, smaller woodcut depicting the burial of the victim appears in the lower right, above a poem.
The Radlett murder, also know as the Elstree murder. The victim was William Weare was murdered by John Thurtell, who owed him a gambling debt, and his accomplices Joseph Hunt and William Probert.

  • Title: The whole particulars of a most barbarous, cruel, and horrid murder, committed upon the body of W. Weare, Esq. — : together with the dreadful confessions of Hunt and Probart [sic].
  • Publication: [London] : J. Catnach, printer, 2, Monmouth-Ct., 7 Dials, London, [1823]

Catalog Record

File 523 W362 823++

Acquired August 2022

Collection of lithographs…relating to Charles Herbert Simpson

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A group of lithographs, handbills and broadsides relating to Christopher Herbert Simpson at Vauxhall Gardens, one of the leading venues for public entertainment in London for two centuries. The collection covers the latter half of his career, and his legacy after his death in 1835.

Title: Collection of lithographs and printed ephemera relating to Charles Herbert Simpson, 1831-1842

Catalog Record

File 53 Si613 830

Acquired July 2022