Eclogues

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A collection of manuscript poem in the hand of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, entitled ‘Eclogues’, poems that describe upper-class rituals such as card playing and that mock immorality in the court of George I. While Lady Mary calls these poems “Eclogs.” Horace Walpole published them as Six Town Eclogues. In another unidentified hand on page [28] the identity of the characters in the poems are listed: Roxana, the Duchess of Roxburgh; Coquetilla, the Duchess of Sh-b-y, …

  • AuthorMontagu, Mary Wortley, Lady, 1689-1762.
  • TitleEclogues, [circa 1716]

Catalog Record

LWL Mss File 135+

Acquired October 2015

Remarkable news from the stars

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Ephemeris for the year 1764

  • AuthorAndrews, William, approximately 1635-1713.
  • TitleRemarkable news from the stars, or, An ephemeris for the year 1764 : with observations upon the eclipses, solar ingresses and configurations of the heavens happening therein. Being the bissextile, or leap-year, and from the creation of the world according to the best of history, 5714 years. Wherein you have an account of many things concerning the heavenly bodies and their portents in the same year. With some other very considerable matters / by William Andrews, student in astrology.
  • PublishedLondon : Printed for the Company of Stationers, 1764.

Catalog Record

145 R22 1764

Acquired October 2015

Johnny Bull and the Alexandrians

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The citizens of Alexandria, Virginia, are ridiculed in this scene for their lack of serious resistance against the British seizure of the city in 1814. At left two frightened gentlemen kneel with hands folded, pleading, “Pray Mr. Bull don’t be too hard with us — You know we were always friendly, even in the time of our Embargo!” In the center stands a bull in English seaman’s clothes, holding out a long list of “Terms of Capitulation” to the Alexandrians. He says, “I must have all your Flour — All your Tobacco — All your Provisions — All your Ships — All your Merchandize — every thing except your Porter and Perry — keep them out of my sight, I’ve had enough of them already.” His allusion is to American Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and Captain David Porter. At right, a soldier and sailor carry off spirits, saying: “Push on Jack, the yankeys are not all so Cowardly as these Fellows here — let’s make the best of our time.” and “Huzza boys!!! More Rum more Tobacco!” American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1814-3

  • PrintmakerCharles, William, 1776-1820, artist, publisher.
  • TitleJohnny Bull and the Alexandrians [graphic] / Wm. Charles sc.
  • PublishedPhila. [Philadelphia] : Pubd. and sold wholesale by Wm. Charles, [ca. 21 October 1814]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

814.10.21.01+

Acquired November 2015

The drunkard’s progress

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A city scene with a line of poor men, women, and children lined up from a money lender’s shop to the “Temple of Juniper: Best gin”. In the background crowds stand at the doorways of the workhouse (right) and the county gaol (left).

  • PrintmakerGrant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852.
  • TitleThe drunkard’s progress [graphic] : from the pawnbroker’s to the gin shop from thence to the workhouse thence to the goal & ultimately to the scaffold.
  • Publication[London] : [J. Kendrick], January 1st, 1834.

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

834.01.01.01

Acquired January 2016

Boney’s inquisition

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Four French soldiers with hot pincers torturing “Madame Toussaint” by burning her flesh and pulling out her fingernails; Napoleon gloats on a throne to the right.

  • PrintmakerWilliams, Charles, active 1797-1830, artist.
  • TitleBoney’s inquisition [graphic] : another specimen of his humanity on the person of Madame Toussaint.
  • Publication[London] : Pubd. Octr. 25th 1804 by by S.W. Fores, 50 Piccadilly, [25 October 1804]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

804.10.25.01+

Acquired November 2015

A ceremonial for the installation of the Knights Companions…

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  • AuthorOrder of the Bath.
  • TitleA ceremonial for the installation of the Knights Companions of the Most Hon. Order of the Bath, on Monday, the 19th of May, 1788.
  • Publication[London : Order of the Bath?, 1788]

Catalog Record

File 142 788Or+

Acquired July 2015

Economy

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On a hilly rural scene a man in a Northumbrian[?] checkered-plaid over shirt and cap, with bare feet and legs, carries a stave on which are tied his shoes and trousers. The man is followed by a similarly barefooted and barelegged boy carrying waterbottles[?]. They seem to be walking past an inn called the Crown outside which is parked a covered wagon.

  • PrintmakerDavison, William, 1780-1858, printmaker.
  • TitleEconomy [graphic].
  • Publication[Alnwick : Printed and published by W. Davison, Alnwick, between 1812 and 1817]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

812.00.00.95

Acquired October 2015