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(Automata) | Marvelous marchines

(Automata) | Marvelous marchines

(Automata) | Marvelous marchines

[Automata]

[Marston] Haddock. A Description of Mr. Haddock's Exhibition of Androides ... also of the Telegraph, Worked by an Automaton ... Dublin: C. Downes, [?1800]


12mo (146 x 95 mm). Woodcut illustration on front wrapper. Disbound, sewing and 2 leaves loose.


A scarce imprint. Toole Stott locates only two copies at the British Library: the first, printed by Preston & Heaton in Newcastle-upon-Tyne is tentatively dated 1797; he dates the the Dublin/Downes imprint 1800. Of the Downes edition, there is no record in Worldcat, ESTC, Rare Book Hub, ABPC, or in any of the bookseller consortiums. Later annotations on the front wrapper indicate that Haddock, an automaton and organ builder from Cork, exhibited his fanciful machines in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in April and May, 1813 and below the imprint is written "seen April 28 1813"—perhaps referring to an exhibition date in Dublin.


REFERENCE:

Toole Stott 1069; cf. Toole Stott 1068

Condition as described in catalogue entry.


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