Archives for Books & Manuscripts

A compleat collection of English proverbs

As Ray, Fellow of the Royal Society, tells the reader; little is to be said about the nature of this book save that it ‘conveys at once, entertainment and profit as the wise man deserves, like apples of gold in pictures of silver’. Hidden between
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A Golden Practice of Physick

Swiss born Plater, physician to German nobility, lists at length a range of bodily problems and how best to cure them, including ‘missing teeth’, ‘sagging breast’s and ‘goggle eyes’. This text is notable in how the medical and the aesthetic are conflated in this period,
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Indian antiquities or, Dissertations relative to Hindostan

In this seminal seven volume work, Maurice, one time Assistant Keeper of Manuscripts at the British Museum, draws on an astonishing range of sources to spin rich and beautifully rendered dissertations on such subjects as India’s ancient geographical divisions, laws, governance, commerce, arts and architecture,
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A Description of the Villa of Mr Horace Walpole

Description of the Villa of Mr Horace Walpole, youngest son of Sir Robert Walpole Earl of Orford, at Strawberry-Hill near Twickenham, Middlesex, with an Inventory of the Furniture, Pictures, Curiosities, &c. An autobiographical account of his own breath-taking creation, Strawberry Hill House, Walpole describes at
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The Post Boy Robb’d of his Mail

The Post Boy Robb’d of his Mail or the Pacquet Broke Open, consisting of letters of Love and Gallantry, and all miscellaneous subjects in which are discover’d the Vertues, Vices, Follies, Humours and Intrigues of Mankind Restoration era rake, ‘wit of the present age’, and
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The Lady’s Magazine

The Lady’s Magazine or, Entertaining Companion for the Fair Sex, Appropriated solely to their Use and Amusement. Vol.XXI The essential companion for the Georgian and Regency lady, The Lady’s Magazine, with its lavish illustrations and wide ranging features from the contemporary world of fashion, literature,
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