(Remarkable Characters) | Two volumes of extraordinary individuals
1,500 - 2,500 USD
Remarkable Characters R.B., N.p., n.d. [With]: [Gutch, J.M.]. Caraboo. London: Baldwin, Cradock and Joy, 1817
2 vols, 8vo (280 x 175). Nineteenth-century scrapbook with over 300 pages of news clippings, engravings, and handbills mounted and tipped in, some plates folding, holograph section title and stray annotations, with Caraboo inserted into volume two; stray spots and fingersoiling, occasional offsetting from clippings. In brown cloth, spine gilt lettered, yellow endpapers; hinges split but holding, cloth worn and chipped with some soiling, spine panel partially separated in volume two. [With]: Two leaves of notes in Ricky Jay's hand.
A wonderful scrapbook collecting contemporary exhibits, reviews, handbills, and accounts of extraordinary characters—from accounts of travelling Ojibwe, to the King and Queen of the Sandwich Islands, to Elizabeth Perkins famous for "amazing lethargy," to scoundrels, heroes, conjurers, performers, and more. With numerous annotations in the owner's hand. Also inserted into the scrapbook is a first edition of Caraboo. A Narrative of a Singular Imposition, practised upon the Benevolence of a Lady residing in the Vicinity of the City of Bristol, by a Young Woman of the name of Mary Willcocks, alias Baker, alias Bakerstendht, alias Casaboo, Princess of Javasu.
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