Two Different Views of the Twin Sisters, Helen & Judith, of Saxony, who were joined together in a Wonderful manner.Wonderful Magazine
Rare engraving with 8pp letterpress, sheets 210 x 130mm (8╝ x 5").
Engraving of conjoined twins Gˇfitz Ilona Ús Judit of Szony, Hungary (1701-23), with an article (included) titled 'Of Strange, Monstrous and Numerous Births'. This was not the text which originally accompanied the image- it was originally published alongside 'An account of twin sisters joined together in a wonderful manner; from several papers read before the Royal Society, paticularly a letter from Dr. John Torkos, knt. physician in ordinary to the city of Pressburg, in Hungary, dated July 3, 1757'. 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).
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