Mother Carey’s chickens

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“A stout and comely lady stands at the door of an ornamentally rustic cottage, shaking a cloth from which tiny officers leap out, holding money-bags. The cloth is inscribed in large letters ‘Pin Money instead of Allowance’. She says: “This is a profitable Plan of his and pays me a Devilish deal better than he can, besides the Patronage!!” Five elderly officers of normal size (right) watch their pigmy rivals with consternation. One looks through his glass, saying, “To waste ones health in unwholesome Climates an then fail of promotion because we cannot fee ****** or Army Agents Agents.!!” Another says: “Mother Careys Chickens by – then we shall have a storm indeed!” A third exclaims: “What to spend our lives in the service of our Country, and to be thus degraded by a parcel of Boys!!” He has a wooden leg and a patch over one eye. Another had lost his right arm, and the group seem hardly fit for active service. The ‘boys’ wear fashionable crescent-shaped cocked hats with plumes, the others old-fashioned hats with cockade, loop, and button. Over the door is inscribed in large letters ‘… mus Cottage’. It has the ornamental Gothic windows with leaded panes and thatched roof of fashionable rusticity. Beside it is a weeping willow. Below the title: ‘NB these Birds have lately been seen hovering about the Horse Guards’. Below the design: ‘a Storm Finch, or stormy petterel (the Mother Careys Chickens of the Sailors). Procellaria Pelagica of Linnœus. is seldom or never seen but in the great Ocean, and then when observed flying near a Ship, is the sure prognostication of a Storm, the analagy [sic] of effect has induced modern Naturalists to class these, with the Pelagica of Linnœus, tho differing in plumage’.”–British Museum online catalogue.

 

  • Printmaker: Williams, Charles, active 1797-1830, printmaker.
  • Title: Mother Carey’s chickens [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. Novr. 1808 by S.W. Fores, No. 50 Piccadilly, [November 1808]

Catalog Record

808.11.00.01+

Acquired June 2020

Covetousness

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An illustrated manuscript leaf in an 18th-century hand. In the upper portion of the recto side is a large vignette of a man in traditional Jewish garb, seated at a table, weighing coins as they spill from two cornucopias, one to each side and held by a cherub whose faces are turned away; the table is covered with coins. The prose text below is captioned “Covetousness” and consists of seven lines beginning: “Every step that a man makes beyond a moderate & reasonable Provision, is taking so much from the worthiness of his own spirit. …” This quote is taken from an popular 18th-century British courtesy book that appeared in many editions but was first published in 1715.: The Gentleman’s Library, containing rules for conduct in all parts of life. The scribe writes using Gothic lettering in pen and brown ink and decorates the perimeter of the the text and image with billowing flourishes. Printed above in a ribbon banner is a saying from Horace, “certum voto pete finem”–“set a definite limit to your desire.” On the verso written in pencil by a contemporary hand : Mind the noblest, he the law of Kings The noble mind distinguishes perfection It aids & strengthens virtue where it meets her ‘Tis not to be sported with.

  • Artist: Castle, William, active 1785, artist.
  • Title: Covetousness : manuscript / Wm. Castle.
  • Production: England, 1785.

Catalog Record

LWL Mss File 152+

Acquired June 2020

A circumstantial journal of the long and tedious blockade

title page

  • Author: Ancell, Samuel, -1802, author.
  • Title: A circumstantial journal of the long and tedious blockade and siege of Gibraltar : from the 12th of September, 1779 (the day the garrison opened their batteries against the Spaniards) to the 23d day of February, 1783 : containing an authentic account of the most remarkable transactions, in which the enemy’s motions, works approaches, firings, &c. are particularly described : in a series of letters, from the author to his brother / by S. Ancell, of the 58th Regiment.
  • Publication: Liverpool : Printed by Charles Wosencroft, MDCCLXXXIV [1784]

Catalog Record

63 784 An538

Acquired June 2020

A political reflection

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“George IV as the ‘Great Babe’ lies asleep in his cradle rocked by Lady Conyngham, while Wellington, seated before a pier-glass, places the crown on his own head. The glass reflects the dark emaciated features of British Museum Satires No. 15520. The Duke wears uniform with boots and sword. On a table below the glass the sceptre and orb lie on a cushion. Lady Conyngham, with a towering coiffure as in British Museum Satires No. 15508, croons: Oh slumber my darling | The time may soon come | When thy rest may be broken | By Trumpet & Drum [the last three words in large letters]. The infant sucks a thumb; a gouty foot projects from the coverlet. On the floor is a line of toys: a sailing boat on wheels, a model of Buckingham Palace reconstructed by Nash as in British Museum Satires No. 15668, a giraffe (see British Museum Satires No. 15425), a Life Guard on a toy horse, a Foot-Guard, a dismantled or unfinished ship resting on a prostrate toy soldier. A napkin on a towel-horse (right) indicates a nursery.”–British Museum online catalogue.

 

  • Printmaker: Heath, William, 1795-1840, printmaker.
  • Title: A political reflection [graphic] / [man with an umbrella] Esqr.
  • Publication: [London] : Pub. by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket, London, [ca. February 1828]

Catalog Record

828.02.00.05+

Acquired June 2020

A capital joke

description belowA group of gentlemen seated at an oval table, with glasses full of wine, laugh uproariously at a joke as they look down at the dog at the foot of the table.

 

  • Title: A capital joke [graphic].
  • Publication: London : Pub. Sept. 1823 by J. Dickinson, 114 New Bond St., [September 1823]

Catalog Record

823.09.00.02

Acquired June 2020

No effect

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A young gentlemen sits in a chair opposite three fashionable young ladies and their mother who are seated on a sofa. His wide grin suggests that he has amused himself with an anecdote, but the expressions on the ladies’ faces indcate that he has failed to amuse them. One of the young ladies looks down at the dog in her lap, another looks at her fan.

  • Title: No effect [graphic].
  • Publication: London : Pub. Sepr. 1823 by J. Dickinson [illegible], [September 1823]

Catalog Record

823.09.00.01

Acquired June 2020

Theatre Royal, Jersey

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A playbill printed on silk.

 

  • Title: Theatre Royal, Jersey. By desire of Lt. Col. Blommart, and officers of the 62nd Regiment (Springers), on Wednesday, December 27th, 1809, will be performed the comedy of A cure for the [heart] ache … : End of the play, a comic song by Mr. C. Curtis. To conclude with the farce of We fly by night! or, Long stories … Places to be had of Mrs. Shatford, at Mrs. Viels …
  • Production: Jersey : Stead, Army Printer, 1809.

Catalog Record

File 767 P69B J55 1809 12/27+

Acquired June 2020

The British farmer’s cyclopaedia

  • Author: Potts, Thomas, 1778-1842.
  • Title: The British farmer’s cyclopaedia, or, Complete agricultural dictionary … / Embellished with forty-two engravings.
  • Publication: London : Printed by W. Flint for Scatcherd and Letterman, Ave-maria-Lane, and M. Jones, No. 1 Paternoster-Row, 1807.

Catalog Record

69 807 P871

Acquired June 2020

 

Collection of broadsides about the Tottenham Park Association

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collection comprising eighteen broadsides that trace the initial proposal, founding and development of the Tottenham Park Association. Most of the notices offer rewards for the recovery of stolen property, such as livestock, a set of curtains, a gate and a fence, apprehending offenders and removing “gipsies or other vagrants from the parishes.” The other broadsides relate to the governance of the association.

 

  • Creator: Tottenham Park Association.
  • Title:Collection of broadsides about the Tottenham Park Association : printed text.
  • Publication: Marlborough, England, 1819.

Catalog Record

64 M347 819

Acquired June 2020

Collection of Napoleonic War broadsides

see description belowA bound volume of 32 Napoleonic broadsides (two are duplicates). All of the broadsides are noticeable crisp and fresh and are good impressions, perhaps suggesting that they were ordered directly from a publisher, quite possibly James Asperne who is well represented in the collection and made a trade in offering collections of the broadsides to gentlemen.

 

  • Title: Collection of Napoleonic War broadsides : printed text.
  • Production: England, 1803.

Catalog Record

Folio 63 803 C697

Acquired June 2020