The matrimonial mania

see description belowThe marriages of the Dukes of Clarence, Kent and Cambridge were hastened by the death of Princess Charlotte, and the image reflects the debates of April 15 and 16, 1818, on a provision for the dukes on their marriages. The Duke of Cumberland was included in the financial arrangements.

  • Printmaker: Williams, Charles, active 1797-1830, printmaker.
  • Title: The matrimonial mania, or, Poor Jonny ridden to death [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. April 1818 by S.W. Fores, No. 50 Piccadilly, [April 1818]

Catalog Record 

818.04.00.01

Acquired June 2019

The old English ‘squire

Plates: The old squire — Fetching the midwife — Dressing the young squire — Young squire gets ferrul’d for neglecting his studies — Breaking cover, or Hunting in Hampshire — Tries a new shooting pony, which won’t do — Crammed at college by his tutor for a degree — Gets cheated by his miller who grinds oats for him — Young squire goes to London and gets his pockets eased — Takes lessons in dancing — Sits for his portrait — Goes to the opera — Buys an historical picture. St. Anthony preaching to the fishes — Goes to a picture sale — Rides home on a borrowed horse — Mistakes mushrooms for game and spoils their shape — Meets with a small accident — His gun misses fire, because he had forgot to load it — Goes with some friends to shoot grouse on the moors — Not the safest way to carry loaded guns in a wood — Spurs himself in the wrong place — Sees a water kelpy — The village schoolmaster, fond of little bits — A cheerful dance.

  • Author: Chatto, William Andrew, 1799-1864, author.
  • Title: The old English ‘squire : “a jovial gay fox hunter, bold, frank and free” : a poem in ten cantos / by John Careless, Esq. ; illustrated with plates by one of the family.
  • Publication: London : Printed for Thomas M’Lean, 26, Haymarket, by Howlett and Brimmer, Frith Street, Soho, 1821.

Catalog Record 

53 C4 821

Acquired May 2019

The caricaturists̓ scrap book

The caricaturists̓ scrap book. Title page

Omnium gatherum, no. 1-7–Omnium gatherum, 2nd series, no. 1-6–The art of tormenting–Old ways and new ways, no. 1-6–Nautical dictionary, no. 1-6–Sayings and doings, no. 1-6–Demonology & witchcraft, no. 1-6–London characters.

  • Author: Heath, H. (Henry)
  • Title: The caricaturists̓ scrap book / drawn & etched by H. Heath.
  • Published: [London] : Published by Charles Tilt, 1834.

Catalog Record 

Folio 724 834H

Acquired June 2018

Joe Miller’s jests, or, The wits vade-mecum

Joe Miller's jests title page

  • Title: Joe Miller’s jests, or, The wits vade-mecum : being a collection of the most brilliant jests, the most excellent Bons Mots, and most pleasant short stories in the English language; many of them transcribed from the mouth of the facetious gentleman whose name they bear. To which are added, choice collections of moral sentences, and of the most pointed and truly valuable epigrams in the British tongue; with the names of the authors to such as are known. Most humbly inscribed to those choice spirits of the age, His Majesty’s poet-laureat, Mr. David Garrick, Mr. The. Cibber, Mr. Justice Bodens’s horse, Tom Jones, the most impudent man living, the Rev. Mr. Henley, and Job Baker the Kettle-Drummer.
  • Published: London : Printed for John Lever, Little Moorgate, London Wall, Moorfields, [1750?]

Catalog Record 

761 750 J64

Acquired May 2019

Something concerning Nobody

Something concerning Nobody title page

  • Author: Ireland, W. H. (William Henry), 1777-1835.
  • Title: Something concerning Nobody / edited by Somebody. Embellished with fourteen characteristic etchings.
  • Publication: London : Printed for Robert Scholey, 46, Paternoster-Row, 1814.
  • Manufacture: London : W. Flint, printer, Old Bailey, [1814]

Catalog Record 

761 814 Ir3

Acquired June 2018

Puzzled which to choose!!

“An African chief displays to a naval officer three black women, who stand together (right), grinning and coy, and absurdly squat and obese, with huge posteriors like those of the Hottentot Venus (see British Museum satire no. 11577). The officer, Lieut. Lyon, bows in profile to the right, right hand on his breast, staring with humorous and wary appraisal at the women. The chief, who smiles blandly, seated on a low slab, wears a huge nose-ring, a plume of ostrich feathers, and a sword for which his left ear serves as hilt. Immediately behind him is a bodyguard of four warriors holding tall spears on each of which a skull is transfixed. Two grin, one looks with sour possessiveness at the women. All the Africans are very negroid, and naked except for small aprons. Behind the women are more Africans, much amused. Behind Lyon stand an astonished naval officer and two amused military officers; all are in dress uniform. Behind these are grinning sailors and on the extreme left the tips of the bayonets of the escort, with a Union flag.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878, printmaker.
  • Title: Puzzled which to choose!! or, the King of Timbuctoo offering one of his daughters in marriage to Capt. — {anticipated result of [the] African Mission} / [anchor] ; G. Cruikshank, sculpt.
  • Publication: London : Pubd. Octr. 10, 1818 by G. Humphrey, 27 St. James’s Street, [10 October 1818]

Catalog Record

818.10.10.01+

Acquired October 2017

Facetiae; being a general collection of the jeux d’esprits

“A list of new and popular works, published by William Kidd, No. 14, Chandos Street, West Strand”–Following illustrations in Cruikshank v. Agnew; or, A view of Sir Andrew Agnew’s bill for the better observance of the Lord’s day.

  • TitleFacetiae; being a general collection of the jeux d’esprits which have been illustrated by Robert Cruikshank.
  • PublishedLondon, W. Kidd, 1831-[34]

Catalog Record

75 C9 833

Acquired December 2016

Broad grins

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Frontispiece: The laughing audience / designed by Wm. Hogarth.

  • Author: Colman, George, 1762-1836.
  • Title: Broad grins; My nightgown & slippers and other humorous works of George Colman, the younger, now first collected ; with life and anecdotes of the author / edited by George B. Buckstone.
  • Published: London : Chatto & Windus, Publishers (successors to John Camden Hotten), [1871?]

Catalog Record

53 C711 871

Acquired February 2014

Songs and poems of love and drollery

49 1992

49 1992_tp

Horace Walpole’s copy

  • Author: T. W. (Thomas Weaver), 1616-1663.
  • Title: Songs and poems of love and drollery. By T.W.
  • Published: [London : s.n.], Printed in the year, 1654.

Catalog Record

49 1992

Acquired May 2005