The Author and his FamilyBehold a Scene of real nat'ral Life, / A wretched Author with a Scolding Wife [...]
Published by C. Johnson [c.1793]
Rare engraving with 10pp letterpress, sheets 210 x 130mm (8¼ x 5"). Trimmed to platemark.
An author struggles to work in a modest interior (with map hanging on the wall), while around him are his 'scolding wife', a crying baby, two bailiffs chasing payment, children fighting over food and a printer with corrections to be made. Illustrating a lengthy 'letter to the editor' signed 'Z.Z.' setting out the predicament of a struggling writer. From the 'Wonderful Magazine', an entertaining but short-lived periodical founded in 1793 by the hack writer and bookseller Henry Lemoine (1756-1812). Given Lemoine's travails at the time of the magazine's publication (around this time he lent money to two booksellers who both defaulted, and Lemoine ended up in prison for his debt; he separated from his wife; and was forced to give up his bookstall and become a book-runner, collecting books and selling them to the trade).
[Ref: 39625] £80.00