George, &c. Whereas it is humbly meant and complained…..

Indicting Morton, Anderson and Craig for proposing the toast: “George the Third and last, and damnation to all crowned heads.”

  • AuthorScotland. Lord Advocate (Dundas : 1789-1801)
  • TitleGeorge, &c. Whereas it is humbly meant and complained to us by our right trusty Robert Dundas : Esq ; of Arniston, our advocate, for our interest, upon John Morton apprentice to Stewart, Ruthven, and Company, printers in Edinburgh, James Anderson journeyman printer with Mundell and Son printers in Edinburgh, and Malcolm Craig, also journeyman printer with the said Mundell and Son …
  • Published[Edinburgh], [1793]

Catalog Record 

File 523 M88 793

Acquired June 2017

Judas Macchabaeus : a sacred drama

  • AuthorMorell, Thomas, 1703-1784, librettist.
  • TitleJudas Macchabaeus : a sacred drama. As it is performed at the Theatre Royal in Covent-Garden. The musick composed by Mr. Handel.
  • PublicationLondon : Printed for the administrator of J. Watts; and sold by T. Lowndes, in Fleet-Street, [1768?]

Catalog Record

Quarto 768 M84 768

Acquired August 2017

A catalogue of all the stock in trade, working tools, household furniture…

  • Author: J. Agg & Son.
  • TitleA catalogue of all the stock in trade, working tools, household furniture, and other effects of Mr. Michael Weston, brazier and tinman, High-Street, Evesham, which will be sold by auction, by J. Agg & Son … on Monday, the 22nd day of September, 1817, and five following days.
  • PublicationEvesham : J. Agg, [1817]

Catalog Record 

125 Ag266 817

Acquired July 2017

Gravesend, the [blank] day of [blank] 179[blank]….

Printed form has been filled out in ink for “Paol Antonio Girolami a gentleman … native of Corsica,” presumably a refugee. Manuscript completions on the sheet supply his age, height, complexion, eye color and other distinguishing features.

  • TitleGravesend, the [blank] day of [blank] 179[blank], order to pass from Gravesend to the Alien Office, Crown Street, near Whitehall.
  • Publication[England] : [publisher not identified], [179-]

Catalog Record

File 66 799 G77

Acquired July 2017


The origin of Fairlop Fair

Broadside celebrating Fairlop Fair, held annually held on the first Friday in July. The broadside gives a short account of the origins of the fair, reproduces two songs sung by a Mr. Hemingway and a Mr. Lidard during the fair, and shows the festivities in an impressive woodcut which was printed from a woodblock fashioned from the celebrated Fairlop Oak. The Fairlop Oak was an impressive oak in the Hainault Forest near a lake at Fairlop Waters. In 1725 Daniel Day (d. 1767), a ship-builder, took some friends for a picnic there, repeating this for a number of summers until it gradually developed into a larger event, attended by ship-, boat- and barge-builders and their associated trades, though it was always held without a charter. By the early 19th century it was a well attended fair, known for its sometimes riotous behaviour. Day always made a point of arriving at the fair in a boat on wheels and this tradition continued. These impressive modes of transport, festooned with lights and sails, full of people in garish costumes making music and breaking into song were one of the features of the fair, and a well-known spectacle in the East End of London when they set off. By 1813 the Fairlop Oak had lost a great deal of its crown. The broadside here records its girth as being 36 feet. The tree was blown down in a gale in 1820, and its timber was used for a variety of celebratory furniture but also for the block from which the present woodcut was carved.

  • TitleThe origin of Fairlop Fair, &c. : taken from an original drawing by an eminent artist & printed off a wood cut engraved on a block of the celebrated tree.
  • Publication[Ilford, England] : J.W. Peele, [1824]

Catalog Record

File 74 824 P374

Acquired April 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

The man of pleasure’s pocket-book

With an engraved frontispiece showing two fashionably dressed couples walking in a park: The most elegant desses upon the Ton / Dighton del. ; Cook sculp.

  • TitleThe man of pleasure’s pocket-book, or, The bon vivant’s vdde mecum, for the year 1780 … containing fifty-two double ruled pages … and … original articles, viz. I. An account of all public diversions … VIII. A dictionary for the polite world … / by a member of the Club of Savoir-Vivres.
  • PublishedLondon : Printed for S. Bladon, No. 13, Paternoster Row, [1779]

Catalog Record

145 M266 1779

Acquired January 2017