The vanity of human life

printed text

Broadsheet: 3 large woodcut blocks illustrations and verses

 

  • Title: The vanity of human life. : Life and death contrasted, or, An essay on man. Messenger of mortality, or, Death and the lady.
  • Publication: [London] : Printed & sold by J. Catnach, No. 2, Monmouth-Court, 7 Dials, London, [1820s?]

Catalog Record

820.00.00.115+

Acquired November 2022

Trial and execution of these unhappy young men

printed text

A crudely printed broadside with numerous typographical errors, the text in three columns.
With woodcut illustration at top illustrating the scene of the execution: a crowd watching four men hang from the gallows.

 

  • Title: Trial and execution of these unhappy young men : who was [sic] executed at the Old Bailey this morning.
  • Publication: [London] : Bishop, printer, 14 Shorts Gardens, Drury Lane, [1830]

Catalog Record

File 52 T819 830+

Acquired November 2022

The Golden dreamer

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  • Title: The Golden dreamer ; or, The universal guide to the interpretation of dreams : with a correct signification of moles on men and women.
  • Publication: Alnwick : Printed and sold by W. Davison, Bondgate Street, where may be had, a large assortment of histories, tracts, pictures, children’s Books, &c., [between 1830 and 1850?]

Catalog Record

File 69 830 G618

Acquired November 2022

The whole particulars of a most barbarous, cruel, and horrid murder….

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Printed in four columns. With two large woodcuts beneath the title illustrating the murder and the discovery of the body. A third, smaller woodcut depicting the burial of the victim appears in the lower right, above a poem.
The Radlett murder, also know as the Elstree murder. The victim was William Weare was murdered by John Thurtell, who owed him a gambling debt, and his accomplices Joseph Hunt and William Probert.

  • Title: The whole particulars of a most barbarous, cruel, and horrid murder, committed upon the body of W. Weare, Esq. — : together with the dreadful confessions of Hunt and Probart [sic].
  • Publication: [London] : J. Catnach, printer, 2, Monmouth-Ct., 7 Dials, London, [1823]

Catalog Record

File 523 W362 823++

Acquired August 2022

Songs & ballads

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A collection of 19 broadsides and 81 slipsongs pasted into a folio album, some printed on blue paper 52 of them having a woodcut illustration; 7 titles are present in two copies. Most were published in London, York, and Newcastle, but also Hull, Birmingham, Coventry, Easingwold, Selby, and Gateshead.

  • Title: Songs & ballads.
  • Publication: [England], [1795-1850, bulk 1810-1830]

Catalog Record

Quarto 762 So698 795

Acquired March 2022

Execution of John Stacey, at Winchester

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Printed in two columns. With woodcut illustration at top that depicts the chaotic scene of the execution, which took place on the day of the Magdalen Hill Fair, Winchester, in front of a huge crowd.

  • Title: Execution of John Stacey, at Winchester, for the horrid murders of Mr. Langtrey and his housekeeper, at Portsmouth.
  • Publication: [London] : Printed by J. Catnatch, 7, Monmouth-Court, 7 Dials, [1829]

Catalog Record

File 523 Ex96 829+

Acquired July 2022