Massacre of the French king!

printed text

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]

Catalog Record

File 82 793M++

Acquired November 2022

French flight

French flight

Political satire: Burke as Mercury carrying on his shoulders Marie Antoinette who in turn carries Louis XVI

  • Printmaker: Dent, W. , fl. 1783-1793.
  • Title: French flight, or, The grand monarque and the rights of kings supported in a sublime and beautiful manner.
  • Published: [London] : Pub. by Dent, June 26, 1791.

Catalog Record

Acquired March 2012

The 3 kings


The kings of England, France, and Spain stand or sit by a table on which sit a punch-bowl, wine bottles, and glasses. Behind the table is a four-leaved screen. A waiter with a bill in his hand and a napkin under his arm says to George II “Who pays the reckoning.” George responds “O! The French king pays for me.” The king of France in a coat decorated with fleur-de-lys responds “The king of Spain pays for all.” The king of Spain seated at the table and dressed in a clock and feathered hat says “D-n the family compact.”

  • Title: The 3 kings : who pays the reckoning, or, Don Diego in the dumps.
  • Published: [London] : Published as the Act directs, Feby. 26, 1780 by WRichardson, No. 68 High Holborn, [26 Feb. 1780]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Acquired October 2011.