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]

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File 82 793M++

Acquired November 2022

The funeral procession of the rump

see description below

  • Printmaker: Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878, printmaker, artist.
  • Title: The funeral procession of the rump [graphic] / G. Cruikshank invt. et fect.
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. March 22d, 1819, by G. Humphrey, 27 St. James’s St., London, [22 March 1819]

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Drawer 819.03.22.03

Acquired June 2019


The new Newgate calendar

see description belowWith engraved plates showing prisons, executions, portraits, trial at the Sessions House, Old Bailey, crimes on land and at sea. Directions to binder at end of volume 3.
Contents continues: … mutineers, coiners, highwaymen, footpads, housebreakers, rioters, extortioners, sharpers, forgers, pickpockets, fraudulent bankrupts, money-droppers, imposters, and thieves of every description. Containing also a number of interesting cases never before published; with occasional essays on crimes and punishments, original anecdotes, and observations on particular cases; explanations of the criminal laws, the speeches, confessions, and last exclamations of sufferers, to which is added, a correct account of the various modes of punishment of criminals in different parts of the world.

  • Author: Knapp, Andrew.
  • Title: The new Newgate calendar : being interesting memoirs of notorious characters, who have been convicted of outrages on the laws of England, during the seventeenth century, brought down to the present time. Chronologically arranged. Comprising traitors, murderers, incendiaries, ravishers, pirates … / by Andrew Knapp and William Baldwin, attornies at law.
  • Publication: London : Printed and published by J. Robins and Co., Ivy-Lane, Paternoster-Row, [1820?]

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521 6

Acquired June 2019

A full and true account of the surprising trial…

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The woodcut shows a man under the guillotine with the executioner’s hand on the rope ready to release the blade.

  • TitleA full and true account of the surprising trial and condemnation of his most Christian Majesty Louis XVI …
  • PublicationNorwich [England : Printed and sold by S. White, 1793]

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File 82 793F+

Acquired July 2015

A hint to the blind & foolish, or The Bourbon dynasty in danger!

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  • Printmaker: Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878, printmaker.
  • Title: A hint to the blind & foolish, or The Bourbon dynasty in danger! [graphic] / G. Cruikshank fect.
  • Published: [London] : Pubd. March 10th 1823 by J. Fairburn, Broadway, Ludgate Hill, London, [10 March 1823]

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Acquired April 2013