The history and lives of all the most notorious pirates and their crews

An abridgment and adaptation of ‘A general history of the robberies and murders of the most notorious pyrates’.

  • AuthorJohnson, Charles, active 1724-1731, author.
  • TitleThe history and lives of all the most notorious pirates and their crews : from Captain John Avery, who first settled at Madagascar, to Captain John Gow, and James Williams, his Lieutenant, &c., … and in this edition continued down to the year 1735. Giving a more full and true account than any yet published, of all their murders, piracies, maroonings, places of refuge, and way of living. To which is perfixed an abstract of the laws against piracy. Adorned with nineteen beautiful cuts, being the representation of each pirate.
  • EditionThe eleventh edition.
  • PublicationGlasgow : Printed by Robert and Thomas Duncan, MDCCLXXXIII [1783]

Catalog Record

52 J63 783

Acquired January 2017

Proof plates before using aquatint ground from The English spy

A collection of 24 proof plates for The English spy, all proofs before letters and all but one before aquatint.

  • PrintmakerCruikshank, Robert, 1789-1856, printmaker.
  • TitleProof plates before using aquatint ground from The English spy by Charles M. Westmacott [graphic].
  • Publication[London] : [Sherwood, Jones, and Co.], [1824-1826]

Catalog Record

Folio 75 C9 824

Acquired April 2016

Capt. Keith & family betrayed & made prisoners by the American Indians

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Capt. Keith struggles as he is attacked by two Indians one of whom has grabbed his rifle while another Indian stands with his tomahawk raised above the Captain’s head. The Captain’s wife with her child in her arms reaches up towards her husband as she kneels in a row boat. Other Europeans are shown in the background left and on the right, frightened, fleeing, or struggling with a band of Indians.

  • PrintmakerElmes, William, active 1797-1820, printmaker.
  • TitleCapt. Keith & family betrayed & made prisoners by the American Indians [graphic] / Elmes.
  • PublicationLondon : Pub. by T. Tegg, Oct. 22, 1808.

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

808.10.22.01

Acquired July 2016

An hieroglyphic, describing the state of Great Britain and the continent of Europe

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“Three symmetrically prancing lions (left) and Napoleon (right) as ‘The Beast’ face each other across a narrow channel. In the background (left) John Bull, an obese citizen, sits surrounded by casks and bales (one marked ‘I’ or ‘L M’) under the Tree of the ‘Constitution’. This has three branches: in the uppermost is a royal crown, the others (presumably) represent the Lords and Commons, … Behind him are symbols of industry: men reaping, a bee-hive, a thatched farm-house. Above the tree flies an angel with a flaming sword … Napoleon’s head is scarcely caricatured, but has two horns – on one is poised an imperial crown, on the other the Papal tiara. In his dragon’s claws he holds up a dagger and three short chains (for the lions); he is branded ‘666’, and his tail is triply barbed. He has webbed wings, scaly shoulders, and a tiger-like body. Under his feet are broken fragments of crowns, sceptres, and crosiers. … In the background (right) two demons fly above a breaking staff surmounted with the cap of liberty; at its feet lies a man in chains. A firing squad aims at women and children; buildings are in flames. The (printed) ‘Explanation: ‘JOHN BULL is sitting under his favourite Oak, supported by Commerce and Industry reaping the Fruits of his Labors, and protected by the power of God, whilst France is enslaved under their Tree of Liberty, which is falling to the Ground – the Honors and Independence of Nations are broken and trampled underfoot, and all the Horrors of War are extending their Ravages with unremitting fury. – Bonaparte is considered as the Dragon, the Beast, and the false Prophet, Rev. xvi. 13, xiii. II, and following verses, xix. 20 – and also as Gog, Ezek. xxxviii. and xxxix. – His brutal and ferocious Dispositions are represented by the Body and Feet of a Tyger; his inordinate Desires, by the Chest, Wings, and Claws of a Dragon, holding out Death or Slavery; his Head with two Horns represents his civil and ecclesiastical Authority; and is intended to point out, that though a Dragon and a Tyger have been the most dreadful and destructive of all real and imaginary Creatures, yet even their horrid Natures are surpassed by the sanguinary and rapacious Dispositions of that implacable Tyrant. – The THREE LIONS represent the united Naval, Regular and Volunteer Force of England, Scotland, and Ireland, watching the Monster’s Motions, and springing forth eager to meet him.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • TitleAn hieroglyphic, describing the state of Great Britain and the continent of Europe, for 1804 [graphic] / I.[?]M.
  • Publication[London : Printed by C. Stower, Charles Street, Hatton Garden, for the “Prophetic mirror, or A hint to England” by L. Mayer, 1804]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

804.00.00.19+

Acquired May 2016

The dance of the calumet of the sun

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Depiction of the dance probably performed by the Illinois to strengthen peace between the tribes. The Calumet, a large pipe, was usually presented to the honoured guest. The tribe surrounds the circle in which two men dance with arrows above their heads; the circle includes arrangements of bows and arrows and tomahawks.

  • TitleThe dance of the calumet of the sun, or pipe of peace, performed on the most seldom occasions by the Indian nations in North America [graphic].
  • PublicationLondon : Pub. by T. Tegg, Jany. 21, 1809.

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

809.01.21.01

Acquired July 2016

 

[Album of proofs of illustrations for publications….

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An album compiled by Thomas Coates, solicitor and sometime secretary to the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, containing 340 proofs of wood engravings mounted on 68 leaves, with section titles and descriptions: Illustrations of the Hindoos / drawn on the blocks by Wm. Westall, A.R.A. 1835 (ca. [32] p.); British Canada 1835 ([8] p.); British costume ([3] p.); Old English sports ([8] p.); a group of 10 pages (some blank) with Roman ruins and other historic sites in Spain and Portugal; Illustrations of the Modern Egyptians / drawn on the blocks by the Author, Edwd. Wm. Lane Esq. 1836 (24 p.). Many of the ilustrations are captioned in blank ink by the same hand; others prints with pencil notations.

  • CreatorCoates, Thomas, approximately 1802-1883, collector.
  • Title[Album of proofs of illustrations for publications of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge] [graphic].
  • Publication[London, 1834-1836]

Catalog Record

Quarto 724 834C

Acquired February 2016

Susanna Oakes

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Portrait showing Susanna Oakes, who ran the circulating library at Ashbourne from about 1795 until 1801, seated in a ladder-back chair with a backdrop of shelved books. She is seated beside an occasional table, her quill pen within reach, in an attitude of contemplative thought. Her left arm is clearly seen to have a muscle wasting disease, and a cane resting against the chair confirms some form of disability.

  • TitleSusanna Oakes [graphic] : keeper of the circulating library at Ashborne [sic] in the County of Derby.
  • Publication[Derby : J. Drewry, 1802?]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Portraits Oa11 no. 1

Acquired July 2015