Knock and ye shall enter

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“An archaic iron-studded door, with posts and lintel of solid but ancient oak, represents the door of the ‘COMMONS’ [inscription on lintel]. Above: ‘”They of Rome are enter’d in our Counsels Sh.’ [‘Coriolanus’, I. ii]. An old-clothes’ man stands at the door in profile to the left gazing up at the inscription; he raises the knocker, a ring in the mouth of an angry lion’s head. He is bearded, with an ultra-Jewish profile, and has three hats piled on his own, the topmost being a flaunting feminine erection. He wears a ragged and patched gaberdine, old-fashioned buckled shoes, and carries across his shoulder a large bag, from a hole in which projects a pig’s foot (a pig in his poke). On his back is an open box of trinkets, containing watches. Close behind him stands a turbaned Turk, watching him with eager anxiety. The Jew: ‘Come I sha–Open the door vill ye–I vants to come in–and heres a shentlemans a friend of mines–vants to come in too–dont be afeard–I dont vant a sheat for nothing–I can pay for it So help me Got.’ Three men (safely inside) look down at the applicants from a small open window beside the door (right): a dissenter, holding his hat, and characterized by lank hair and plebeian features (resembling Liston as Maw-Worm, cf. British Museum Satires No. 16943); a Jesuit wearing a biretta, and putting a thumb to his nose, and a fat elderly monk; the last two frown. The left door-post (somewhat cracked) is inscribed: ‘OAK Suppose to be sound Put up 1688 only latly discovered to be full of Skakes[?peare].'”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Heath, William, 1795-1840, printmaker.
  • Title: Knock and ye shall enter [graphic] / [man with an umbrella] Eq. del.
  • Publication: [London] : Pub. by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket …, [ca. June 1829]

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Acquired October 2018

A scene in a nunnery garden

Two young women, attired in low-cut, fine dresses, their veils pulled back over their hair exposing their pretty, young faces, sit in a semi-embrace on a blue loveseat in a garden, one looking lovingly into the eyes of the other with her hand posed to encircle her companion. The other, wearing red shoes, with a rosary at her waist, looks down toward the low neckline of the first. Standing next to them is a rotund Catholic monk in brown robes. He points to the two women while with a mischievous smile he looks to the viewer. Below him is the caption: “The Scene delightful, Beauty here, what then! Ah, Benedicite! Men are but Men.” The women speak: “We live recluse and are believed religious, We but dissemble for our Lusts prodigious.”

  • Titlescene in a nunnery garden [graphic].
  • PublicationLondon : Printed for Robert Sayer, chart, map and printseller, No. 53 Fleet Street, as the act directs, 5 April 1787.

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Acquired August 2017

Wife & no wife, or, A trip to the Continent

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“The interior of a large church or cathedral. Burke, dressed as a Jesuit, standing within a low, semicircular wall at the foot of a crucifix, marries the Prince of Wales and Mrs. Fitzherbert. The Prince is about to put the ring on her finger. Fox gives her away, holding her left wrist. Beside him (right) stands Weltje in back view but looking to the left at the ceremony. A napkin is under his left arm, bottles project from his coat-pockets, and the tags on his shoulder denote the liveried manservant. To the left of Fox appears the profile of George Hanger. On the left North sits, leaning against the altar wall, sound asleep, his legs outstretched. He wears his ribbon but is dressed as a coachman, his hat and whip beside him. All the men wear top-boots to suggest a runaway match. Behind the Prince in a choir seat is a row of kneeling monks who are chanting the marriage service. The crucifix is partly covered by a curtain, but the legs and feet are painfully distorted … On the wall and pillars of the church are four framed pictures: ‘David watching Bathsheba bathing’, ‘St. Anthony tempted by monsters’, ‘Eve tempting Adam with the apple’, and ‘Judas kissing Christ’, the last being over the head of Fox.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerGillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
  • TitleWife & no wife, or, A trip to the Continent [graphic] / design’d by Carlo Khan.
  • PublicationLondon : Publish’d by Willm. Holland, No. 66 Drury Lane, London, March 27, 1786.

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Acquired October 2015

The monk : a romance in three volumes

Lewis, M. G. (Matthew Gregory), 1775-1818

The monk : a romance in three volumes / by M.G. Lewis.

A new edition with plates.

Published: Paris : Printed for Theophilus Barrois, Junior, bookseller, No. 5 Quay Voltaire, MDCCCVII [1807]

56 L58 807 Copy 1

Bound in one vol., uncut, without frontispieces; in plain brown paper wrapper with paper spine label; also with 8 p. of preliminary publisher’s advertisments and 2 p. at end. For further information, consult library staff.

Title Page [Copy 1]: The monk : a romance in three volumes 56 L58 807 Copy 2

In 3 vols., with original combed paper wrappers and printed spine labels. Publishers’ advertisements on final pages of v.2 and v.3.

Frontispiece [Copy 2 Vol. 1]: The monk : a romance in three volumes First published 1796 in London by J. Bell.

Frontispiece [Copy 2, Vol. 2]: The monk : a romance in three volumes Todd, W. B. ’The early editions and issues of The monk, with a bibliography’. Papers of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, v.II, p. 22

Frontispiece [Copy 2, Vol. 3]: The monk: a romance in three actsSubjects (Library of Congress): Man–woman relationships–Fiction; Monks–Fiction; Madrid (Spain)–Fiction.

Lewis Walpole Library new acquisition: October, 2010