Historia de la vita e de la morte de l’illustriss

title page

  • Author: Florio, Michelangelo, author.
  • Title: Historia de la vita e de la morte de l’illustriss. signora Giovanna Graia, gia regina eletta e publicata d’Inghilterra e de le cose accadute in quel Regno dopo la morte del Re Edoardo V / L’argumento del tutto si dichiara ne l’auuertimento seguente, e nel’proemio de l’authore M. Michelangelo Florio …
  • Publication: [Middelburg?] : Stampato appresso Richardo Pittore, ne l’anno di Christo 1607.

Catalog Record

494 F638 607

Acquired March 2020

Letters addressed to the Countess of Ossory


Letters addressed to the Countess of Ossory

  • Author: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797.
  • Title: Letters addressed to the Countess of Ossory, from the year 1769 to 1797. By Horace Walpole, lord Orford. Now first printed from original mss. Edited, with notes, by the Rt. Hon. R. Vernon Smith.
  • Published: London, R. Bentley, 1848.

Catalog Record 

22 848

Acquired May 2019

Lady Elizabeth Laura, Lady Charlotte Maria & Lady Anne Horatia

“Triple three-quarter length portrait of the three Waldegrave sisters, seated beside one another at a small work-table; Lady Anna Horatia at right embroidering, with Lady Charlotte Maria at left, her head turned towards front, winding silk from skein which Lady Elizabeth Laura, centre, is holding; a curtain, pillars and trees behind them; after Reynolds (Mannings 1810); proof before letters, but with scratched production and publication detail.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerGreen, Valentine, 1739-1813, printmaker, publisher.
  • Title[Lady Elizabeth Laura, Lady Charlotte Maria & Lady Anne Horatia, daughters to James late Earl of Waldegrave Knight of the Garter] [graphic] / painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds ; engraved by V. Green, mezzotinto engraver to His Majesty, and to the Elector Palatine.
  • Edition[State 1].
  • Publication[London] : Published Decr. 1st, 1781, by V. Green, No. 29, Newman Street, Oxford Street, London, [1 December 1781]

Catalog Record 

Folio 49 3636 no. 8++ (Oversize)

Acquired November 2017

Letter : to Messrs. Dodsley

Autographed letter signed by John Boyle, 5th Earl of Cork, and addressed to the booksellers Messrs. Dodsley on the subject of Horace Walpole. He commences the letter by asking to see any work by “Mr Walpole”: “I am told of one that it is very difficult to be procured”. He says that he met “Mr Walpole” many years ago at Houghton when he was treated with “honours and civility,” but has never had “an opportunity of improving my acquaintance with him” but would “you oblige me to the highest degree in trying to let me have one of his books”. Signed “Corke”.

  • AuthorOrrery, John Boyle, Earl of, 1707-1762.
  • TitleJohn Boyle Orrery letter, to Messrs. Dodsley, [not before 1754] : manuscript / Corke.
  • Production:[ England], [not before 1750]

Catalog Record 

LWL Mss File 140

Acquired October 2017

Manuscripts, ca. 1780-1824 / collected by the Hon. Anne Rushout

A collection of some 150 separate pieces, in English and French, neatly attached to pages of good quality paper, in a variety of different hands and dating mainly from ca 1780 to 1824. The manuscripts appear in most cases to have been given to Anne Rushout by acquaintances in her circle, which included Fanny Burney (who describes in her Diary a visit to her in Wanstead in 1784). Almost all are poetry, and include charades, acrostics and riddles culled from various sources including the Thesaurus Aenigmaticus, the Satirist and The Universal Magazine. Names mentioned as writers or subjects, giving an insight into the circle in which Anne moved, include William Hayley, William Shenstone, Colley Cibber, David Garrick, Richard (Bishop) Heber, [Horace] Walpole, Walter Scott, the Sheridans and Sarah Siddons. In addition to the poetical contents there are few printed pieces and two accomplished mathematical conundrums. The principal places mentioned are Northwick Park, Worcestershire (now Gloucestershire), Wanstead Grove and Daylesford Grove.

  • AuthorRushout, Anne, approximately 1768-1849.
  • TitleManuscripts, ca. 1780-1824 / collected by the Hon. Anne Rushout.

Catalog Record 

LWL Mss Vol. 232

Acquired July 2017

Private correspondence of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford


Bound in volume 1: ms. note in Horace Walpole’s hand, an epigram attributed to “Mr. Erskine the celebrated lawyer” and dated 1793

  • AuthorWalpole, Horace, 1717-1797.
  • Uniform Title[Correspondence. 1820.]
  • TitlePrivate correspondence of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford : now first collected. In four volumes.
  • PublishedLondon : Printed for Rodwell and Martin, Bond-Street; and Colburn and Co., Conduit-Street, 1820.

Catalog Record

22 820 Copy 2

Acquired July 2016

Catalogue of my prints or grand portraits of our most eminent countrymen, 1730


Manuscript catalogue on paper of the print collection of William Oldys, mostly written in his own hand. Most of the catalogue entries are presented in one alphabetized list and note the artist, engraver, technique, format, source (if published in a book), and major features of the print. Included are some additions, deletions, and annotations by Oldys and later notes in the hand of Horace Walpole to rear endpaper and in one or more places in Oldys’s text.

  • AuthorOldys, William, 1696-1761.
  • TitleCatalogue of my prints or grand portraits of our most eminent countrymen, 1730.

Catalog Record

LWL Mss Vol. 224

Acquired July 2016

Todten-Tanz, wie derselbe in der löblichen…

lwlpr32527 (860x1024)

With eight leaves of notes by George Vertue and Horace Walpole

  • TitleTodten-Tanz, wie derselbe in der löblichen und weltberühmten Stadt Basel als ein Spiegel menschlicher Beschaffenheit gantz künstlich gemahlet und zu sehen ist : mit beygefügten aus H. Schrifft und denen alten Kirchen-Lehrern gezogenen Erinnerungen vom Todt, Auferstehung, Jüngsten Gericht, Verdamnüss der Gottlosen und dem ewigen Leben / nach dem Original in Kupffer gebracht von Matth. Merian sel.
  • PublishedFranckfurt am Mayn : Bey Joh. B. Andreä und H. Hort, [circa 1725]

Catalog Record 

49 3717

Acquired October 2014

A copy of a letter to William Langley, Esq

lwlpr31233An electioneering handbill issued before the King’s Lynn election of 1767

  • AuthorWalpole, Horace, 1717-1797.
  • TitleA copy of a letter to William Langley, Esq. Mayor of Lynn, Norfolk.
  • Published[London: s.n. 13 March 1767]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

File 644 767 W21

Acquired January 2014