Astronomy, new system

description below

A ring of satirical representations of the twelve zodiac signs surround a basket in which the traditional signs have been thrown. On the basket is a sign ‘Old Signs to be sold cheap’.

  • Title: Astronomy, new system [graphic] : signs of the zodiac.
  • Publication: London : Published by Thos. McLean, 26 Haymarket, 1827.

Catalog Record

827.00.00.63

Acquired September 2023

A king-fisher

description below

“George IV sits on a small stone among tall bulrushes at the water’s edge in profile to the left, fishing, his rod being a sceptre. Leaning forward, he looks anxiously at his tautening line. On his head is poised a small but massive crown, a creel hangs at his back; he wears quasi-military dress, white gauntlet gloves, and breeches with jack-boots (cf. British Museum Satires No. 14220). In the foreground, looking up at him, is a kingfisher. In the background, at the water’s edge, is a small thatched peasant’s cottage behind which is Windsor Castle, on its wooded hill, flying the Royal Standard (cottage and castle being mere symbols). Below the title is a circular garter inscribed Honi. Soit. Qui. Mal. Y. Pense.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Title: A king-fisher [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Fairburn, Broadway, Ludgate Hill, May 1826.

Catalog Record

836.05.00.01+

Acquired September 2023

Piccane a Miamis

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A head and shoulders profile portrait of Miami chief Pacanne, holding a tomahawk across his chest, with bracelets on his upper arms and jewellery in his ears, nose and across the crown of his head.

  • Printmaker: Simcoe, Elizabeth, 1762-1850, printmaker.
  • Title: Piccane a Miamis [graphic].
  • Publication: [England] : [publisher not identified], [approximately 1794]

Catalog Record

795.00.00.87

Acquired September 2023

The peerage chart for 1821

printed text

Dissected into 20 sections and mounted on linen, folding down into the original brown card slipcase

  • Author: Kingdom, William.
  • Title: The peerage chart for 1821.
  • Publication: London : Printed for the Author by Shackell and Arrowsmith, Johnson’s Court, Fleet-Street; and sold by G. & W.B. Whittaker, Ave-Maria-Lane : J. Warren, Old Bond-Street; and by all other booksellers, [1821?]

Catalog Record

Drawer 63 821 K54

Acquired September 2023

 

The history and antiquities of the county of Essex

printed text

Extra-illustrated and expanded to 5 volumes, each volume with an added printed title page dated 1908 and bound in early 20th-century red crushed levant full morocco gilt

  • Author: Morant, Philip, 1700-1770.
  • Title: The history and antiquities of the county of Essex : compiled from the best and most ancient historians, from Domesday-book, Inquisitiones post mortem, and other the most valuable records and mss. &c. / the whole digested, improved, perfected, and brought down to the present time, by Philip Morant ; illustrated with copper plates.
  • Published: London : Printed for T. Osborne …, J. Whiston …, S. Baker …, L. Davis and C. Reymers … and B. White …, 1768.

Catalog Record

Folio 64 Es75 768

Acquired September 2023

Delilah depriveing Sampson…

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“Lady Hertford, seated regally on a small sofa, cuts locks from the head of the Regent who reclines against her knees, asleep. The locks already cut are on the ground inscribed respectively ‘Sheridan’, ‘Norfolk’, ‘Moira’, ‘Holland’, ‘Erskine’. She is about to shear off one inscribed ‘Grenville’; the last, ‘Grey’, is still on his head. The Prince, who is conventionally handsome, and wears uniform, holds a paper signed ‘[Gren]ville / Grey’; his garter, inscribed ‘Honi so . . .’, is loose, and his left hand hides the star on his breast. Lord Yarmouth (right) stands holding a guttering candle; he points to the uncut lock, saying, “Don’t forget that lock laying [on] the shoulder its Grey dy’ye see!” In his pocket is a pamphlet: ‘Art of Milling’ [see British Museum Satires No. 11842]. To leave no doubt as to his identity, a basket of fish is beside him inscribed ‘[Y]armouth Herrings’. Lady Hertford is heavily handsome; a small crown, which might pass as a tiara decorates her head; one foot rests regally on a footstool. A pillar and drapery behind her suggest regal state. On the sofa beside her is a rolled document headed ‘Road to Hertford from Pall Mall’. On the ground (left) are empty wine-bottles; on a book by the Prince’s feet, ‘Economy of Human Life’, lies a broken bottle from which wine pours. Behind (left) stands Perceval in his Chancellor of the Exchequer’s gown, watching from behind a curtain which he holds aside; Castlereagh stands behind him, saying, “By Jasus, but she’s as pretty a Barber as ever I clap’t my eyes upon.” Perceval answers: “Hush! Hush! you’l wake him before they are all cut.”.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Williams, Charles, active 1797-1830, printmaker.
  • Title: Delilah depriveing Sampson of those locks in which consisted his strength [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. Feby. 1812 by Walker and Knight, No. 7 Cornhill, [February 1812]

Catalog Record

812.02.00.03+

Acquired September 2023

Houghton family leases and library catalogue

manuscript volume

A manuscript in an unidentified hand, containing nine detailed leases given by John Houghton of Bramerton during the 1750s and 1760s, five with maps of the properties concerned, written in the same hand and dated 1756 to 1763. All of the maps were “copied 1764,” but each referencing earlier surveys done between 1728 and 1742.
At the back of the volume and turned over, written on the first four leaves in a different unidentified hand is a library catalog with the heading “Folio, a catalogue of 95 titles (104 volumes) on pages ruled with four columns. The number of the volume is recorded in the first column, the author’s last name and title or just the title in the second column, and the place and date of publication in the third and fourth column, respectively. Titles include literature, religion, geography, history, dictionaries, travel, and legal works, mostly in English or English translation but also several in French. There are also references to a manuscript journal.

  • Author: Houghton family, of Bramerton Hall.
  • Title: Houghton family leases and library catalogue : manuscript.
  • Production: Bramerton, England, between 1750 and 1763?

Catalog Record

LWL Mss Vol. 287

Acquired September 2023

Le voyage et les avantures des trois princes de Sarendip

printed text

A collection of oriental tales, first published by Michele Tramezzino in 1557, and ascribed to Christoforo Armeno.
Translated from the Italian by the Chevalier de Mailly.

  • Author: Cristoforo Armeno, active 16th century, associated name.
  • Uniform Title: [Peregrinaggio di tre giovani, figliuoli del Re di Serendippo]
  • Title: Le voyage et les avantures des trois princes de Sarendip. : Traduit du Persan.
  • Publication: A Amsterdam : Chez Steenhouwer & Uytwerf, Libraries sur le Rockin, vis à vis la porte de la Bourse, MDCCXXI [1721]

Catalog Record

494 C933 721

Acquired September 2023