Reasons humbly offer’d against a clause

printed text

  • Title: Reasons humbly offer’d against a clause in the bill against clandestine running of un-customed and prohibited goods, and for the more effectual preventing of frauds relating to the customs, which relates to the package of coffee for exportation.
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [1719]

Catalog Record

File 752 R288 719

Acquired March 2021


The doctors in labour

Print with twelve panels relating to the affair of Mary Toft

Print with twelve panels relating to the affair of Mary Toft, “the rabbit breeder”: from top left, she is held aloft by two men and a Harlequin or Merry Andrew, she has a rabbit in either hand; she pursues a rabbit while working in a field; she dreams of being impregnated by rabbit, Cupid is shown on a cloud beside her bed holding a rabbit in either hand; she is seated in a chair attended by two women while the two men and Harlequin discuss the monstrous birth; Harlequin demonstrates that he can express milk from her breast; Harlequin feels “the rabbets leapin in her belly” while two men look on; she sits on the edge of a bed and Harlequin kneels to seize a rabbit that emerges from her skirts while a doctor raises his hands in surprise, wishing to anatomize the animal; Harlequin stands behind a table holding a balance in which he weighs dung removed from the rabbit explaining to two men that this will allow him to judge whether the animal had “breath’d in air”; doctors and midwives discuss the phenomenon around a table and Harlequin enters claiming that the birth must be “praeternatural”; a crowd of gentlemen are welcomed to the bagnio in Leicester Square where Toft is housed; two men spy from the door to Toft’s room as another hands her a dead rabbit; Toft, weeping, is led away to Bridewell by two constables while Harlequin “sits upon Repenting stool, Cursing his fate in being made a Fool. See British Museum online catalogue.

  • Title: The doctors in labour, or, A new whim wham from Guildford [graphic] : being a representation of [the] frauds by which [the] Godliman woman, carried on her pretended rabbit breeding; also of [the] simplicity of our doctors, by which they assisted to carry on that imposture discover’d their own skill, & contributed to [the] Mirth, of His Majesties liege subjects.
  • Published: [London?] : [publisher not identified], [1726]

Catalog Record 


Acquired September 2018

To the public: Whereas many persons, labouring….

A broadside printing of an 18th century scam, exploiting the helplessness of English debtors before the law. And especially the perennial animus towards the legal profession–“the chicanery of petty-fogging (would-be) attornies, the shameful plunder and extortion of bailiffs and sheriff-brokers”–these and more epithets shouted at the reader in an assortment of bold and italic type.

  • AuthorBristowe, Thomas.
  • TitleTo the public: Whereas many persons, labouring under the most grievous oppressions … are constrained to … a quiet submission to all the atrocious robberies which are daily committed by the infamous appendages to the law …
  • Publication[Leicestershire, England] : [publisher not identified], [1778]

Catalog Record

File 63 778 B86

Acquired June 2017

The countryman’s guide to London, or, Villainy detected


  • TitleThe countryman’s guide to London, or, Villainy detected : being a clear discovery of all the various tricks and frauds that are daily practiced in that great city.
  • PublishedLondon : Printed for J. Cooke, at the Shakespear’s Head in Pater-Noster-Row, [1775?]

Catalog Record 

646 775 C855

Acquired April 2014