Picturesque views on the River Thames

Ireland, himself an avid collector of books, pictures, and curiosities, tapped into the contemporary fashion for the sublime and picturesque, by producing a popular series of ‘Picturesque’ tours and views during the 1790s. Here, with the aid of a series of beautiful prints, he fashions
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Anthropometamorphosis : man transform’d or, The artificial changling

In this curious work on comparative cultural anthropology, English physician Bulwer, best known for his work on communicating with the deaf via gestures; casts his eye towards lands both exotic and familiar, discussing subjects as diverse as women’s maladies, eunuchs and breast feeding, together with
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Pharmacopoeia Londinensis or, The new London dispensatory

Self-proclaimed professor of physick, Salmon provides the reader with a wealth of advice on cure-alls for diseases as diverse as small pox and gastric wind. Like many medical “professionals” of his era, Salmon freely mixes medicine, alchemy and divination as remedies to the many diseases
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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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