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The Lewis Walpole Library, a department of the Yale University Library since 1980, is an internationally recognized research collection in the field of British eighteenth-century studies. Its unrivalled collection of Walpoliana includes half the traceable volumes from Horace Walpole's famous library at Strawberry Hill and many letters and other manuscripts by him. The Library's book and manuscript collections, numbering over 32,000 volumes, cover all aspects of eighteenth-century British culture. The Library is also home to the largest and finest collection of eighteenth-century British graphic art outside the British Museum; its 35,000 satirical prints, portraits, and topographical views are an incomparable resource for visual material on many facets of English life of the period. Located in Farmington, Connecticut, forty miles north of New Haven and within easy distance of Boston and New York, the Lewis Walpole Library's collections also include drawings, paintings, and furniture, all housed on a 14-acre campus with four historically important structures and extensive grounds. The Library runs an active fellowship program and sponsors conferences, lectures, and exhibitions in cooperation with other Yale libraries and departments.

Anacreontick’s in full song

“Eight elderly topers with pipes and glasses surround a small oblong table, on which are punch-bowl, wine-glasses, tobacco, &c. All are much caricatured; some sing, a parson sleeps, a dog howls. The room is lit by a chandelier; a bracket-clock points to 3.40, on it is carved a Bacchanalian figure of Time astride a cask. A bust portrait of Anacreon holding pen and paper is on the wall (left).”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerGillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
  • TitleAnacreontick’s in full song [graphic] / Js. Gillray invt. & fect.
  • PublicationLondon : Publish’d Decr. 1st, 1801, by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James’s Street, [1 December 1801]

Catalog Record

801.12.01.09+

Acquired July 2017

Cary’s survey of the high roads from London to Hampton Court

Covers south east portion of England.
Roads are from London to: Hampton Court, Bagshot, Oakingham, Binfield, Windsor, Maidenhead, High Wycombe, Amersham, Rickmansworth, Tring, St. Albans, Welwyn, Hertford, Ware, Bishops Stortford, Chipping Ongar, Chelmsford, Gravesend, Rochester, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, East Grinsted, Ryegate, Dorking, Guildford, Richmond.

  • AuthorCary, John, approximately 1754-1835.
  • TitleCary’s survey of the high roads from London to Hampton Court, Bagshot … Guildford, Richmond : on a scale of one inch to a mile, wherein every gentleman’s seat, situate on, or seen from the road, (however distant) are laid down, with the name of the possessor : to which is added the number of inns on each separate route, also, the different turnpike gates, shewing the connection which one trust has with another.
  • PublishedLondon : Printed for J. Cary, engraver & map seller, the corner of Arundel Street, Strand, July 1st 1790.

Catalog Record

15 790C

Acquired March 2017

A letter to a member of the Society for Encouraging the Art of Engraving

Contains three letters by Landseer on the scheme of patronage. Before p. 45 is a special t.p.: A second and third letter to a member of the Society for Encouraging the Art of Engraving / by John Landseer; with imprint as on first t.p.

  • AuthorLandseer, John, 1769-1852.
  • TitleA letter to a member of the Society for Encouraging the Art of Engraving in objection to the scheme of patronage now under consideration, and written with a view to its imp[r]ovement / by John Landseer.
  • PublishedLondon : Edmund Lloyd, 1810.

Catalog Record

71 810L

Acquired January 2017

Description of the Grand National Jubilee

Letterpress broadside with a description of the Grand National Jubilee of 1814 surrounded by eight woodcut views (clockwise from top): The Temple; The Pagoda on Fire; The Jubilee Balloon; The Enemy on Fire; Sham Fight on the Serpentine; Boarding an American; The Royal Booth; The Castle.

  • TitleDescription of the Grand National Jubilee, held in St. James’s, Hyde, and the Green Parks, on Monday 1st August, 1814.
  • PublicationLondon : Printed and published by John Fairburn, Jun. Fountain Court, Minories, [ca. 1 August 1814]

Catalog Record

814.08.01.04+

Acquired March 2017

The hermit : opera XXIV

  • AuthorHook, Mr. (James), 1746-1827.
  • TitleThe hermit : opera XXIV / written by the late celebrated Dr. Goldsmith ; set to music by James Hook ; adapted for two violins, voice & harpsichord.
  • PublishedLondon : S.A. & P. Thompson, [1782?]

Catalog Record

Quarto 74 782 H781

Acquired March 2017

An act for investing part of the personal estate of Charles Churchill senior, Esquire

  • AuthorGreat Britain. Parliament.
  • TitleAn act for investing part of the personal estate of Charles Churchill senior, Esquire, deceased, in the purchase of lands to be settled, pursuant to an agreement in the settlement made on the marriage of Charles Churchill junior, Esquire with the Lady Maria Walpole.
  • Published[London] : [publisher not identified], [1750]

Catalog Record 

File 652 A2 A188 1750

Acquired February 2017

Annals of sporting

A plate with four images etched for the publication: Annals of sporting by Caleb Quizem, Esqr. In the upper left, the image for the etched title page with an image of a man falling from a winged horse; upper right, a portrait of Caleb Quizem, Esqr. sitting in an armchair wtih a quizzing glass in his right hand, two books on the table beside him along with a quill pen and ink stand and on the wall a picture of a man “Geoffey Cambr[..] who also sits in an armchair and his gouty foot on a stool; lower left, image of a man on horseback (rear view) with a cannon above and a caption “The true method of sitting a horse mathematically delineated.”; lower right image, an image at 90 degrees to the other images with a man mid-flight having been thrown from his horse, having failed to jump a gate. Another rider looks on in horror (right) and a peasant also with a look of horror looks on from the road (left). With caption above, “How to vault from the saddle” and signed “Woodward del. ; Rowlandson fect.”

  • PrintmakerRowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, printmaker.
  • TitleAnnals of sporting [graphic] : by Calem Quizem, Esqr. and his various correspondents.
  • PublicationLondon : Published by Thomas Tegg, 111 Cheapside, 1809.

Catalog Record 

809.00.00.13 Impression 2

Acquired February 2017