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Life in Philadelphia. Plate 3.
Life in Philadelphia. Plate 3. ''How you find yourself dis hot Weader Miss Chloe?'' / ''Pretty well I tank you Mr Cesar only I aspire too much.
Eng.d by Cha.s Hunt [after Edward William Clay].
London, Pub. by Harrison Isaacs, Charles St Soho Sq.re. [n.d., c.1832.]
Fine coloured aquatint, very large margins. 235 x 190mm (9¼ x 7½").
A satire from an English edition of Edward William Clay's 'Life in Philadelphia', with two black Philadelphians, both over-dressed à la mode, discuss the weather. Clay, inspired by Edward Cruikshank's 'Life in London' series, published his 'Life in Philadelpia' series from 1828-1830. Of the fourteen aquatints ten were satires on the black populace (who were freed when Pennsylvania banned slavery in 1780), which did much to enforce the negative stereotypes held even in the free North. Very popular, they inspired these copies, published in London.
[Ref: 55386]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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Toussaint Louverture.
Toussaint Louverture.
I. Martyn, Sculp.
[n.d., c.1800.]
Rare engraving, trimmed, at most 130 x 70mm (5 x 2¾").
Medallion portrait of François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture (1743-1803), a Haitian military and political leader who led a successful slave insurrection (1791-93, establishing the first Black-led government in the Americas.
[Ref: 55389]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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[An manuscript promissory note with the autograph of Lindley Murray, Quaker grammarian]
[An manuscript promissory note with the autograph of Lindley Murray, Quaker grammarian] Exch. £45 - Holdgate near York, 4th of 7th month, 1825. At sight, please pay to Wilson, Tweedy & Co., or their order, Forty five pounds, due to me from [old paper patch obscuring text] Lindley Murray.
Ink mss. promissory note. Sheet 85 x 190mm (3¼ x 7½"). Slightly trimmed, laid on album paper, old clipping pasted over edge, mounted on album paper with steel-engraved portrait with matching facsimile signature.
Lindley Murray (1745-1826), a Pennsylvania-born Quaker who, after a success law career, retired to Holdgate (near York, England) for the sake of his health (1784). There, noticing a lack of suitable lesson-books for a Friends' school for girls, he wrote 'English Grammar Adapted to the Different Classes of Learners' (1795). Published both in England and America, running through nearly 50 editions and becoming the predominant grammar schoolbook. His 'English Reader' (1799) was described by Abraham Lincoln as 'the best schoolbook ever put in the hands of an American youth'. Wilson, Tweedy & Co. were country bankers of High Ousegate, York.
[Ref: 55319]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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A Map of the Island of St John Near Nova Scotia lately taken from the French, 1758.
A Map of the Island of St John Near Nova Scotia lately taken from the French, 1758.
[London: R. Griffiths & J. Hoey, c.1758.]
Engraved map. 130 x 200mm (5 x 8") Trimmed into plate top.
A rare plan of Prince Edward Island, published in 'The Grand Magazine of Universal Intelligence and Monthly Chronicle of Our Times' during the French and Indian Wars. It illustrated an account of the Ile Saint-Jean Campaign, the part of the 'Expulsion of the Acadians', the French-speaking residents of P.E.I., Nova Scotia and Cape Breton/ The 'Grand Magazine' only lasted from July 1758 to November 1759.
[Ref: 55189]   £140.00  
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Sir Walter Raleigh's Conquest of the City of St Joseph in the Isle of Trinidad.
Sir Walter Raleigh's Conquest of the City of St Joseph in the Isle of Trinidad.
Engrav'd for the Universal Magazine 1750 for J. Hinton at the K[ings] Arms in St. Pauls Church Yard London.
Engraving. 195 x 220mm (7¾ x 8¾"), with very large margins Slight loss in publisher's address, original folds.
St. Joseph, the capital of Spanish Trinidad, was attacked by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1595, during his expedition to find El Dorado. In the centre is the Spanish Governor, Antonio de Berrío, who was captured and interrogated for information about the location of the City of Gold. This scene was copied from Theodore De Bry's engraving in his 'Grand Voyages'.
[Ref: 55388]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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West Indies, agreeable to the most approved Maps and Charts, Mr. Kitchin.
West Indies, agreeable to the most approved Maps and Charts, Mr. Kitchin.
[engraved by Thomas Kitchin.]
[London, c.1785.]
Engraved map. 350 x 385mm (13¾ x 15¼"), with very large margins. Original folds, repaired tear in left margin, some slight staining in margins, some areas weakly inked.
A map of the West Indies, with a decorative title cartouches featuring aEuropean merchants and a slave. Originally published in 'Millar's New Complete & Universal System of Geography'.
[Ref: 55318]   £220.00  
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