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Cooper, R., & R. Page, engravers
Fifty Wonderful Portraits
J. Robins and Co, London, 1824. First edition. [Title page lacking], 8pp. letterpress, and 50 engraved plates by Cooper and Page. 1 vols. 4to. Fifty Portraits of Phenomenal People. A wonderful compilation indeed, with fine engraved portraits of early 19th-century characters. Among the attractions, who are described in short paragraphs preceding the engravings that make up the bulk of the book, are the French cross-dresser the Chevalier d'Eon, who, for forty years, passed as a woman before it was discovered at his death that 'he had no right to have thrown off the male attire'; 'Dirty Dick', who didn't bathe for 40 years; Signora Girardelli, the extraordinary fire-eater who could pour molten lead into her mouth and spit it out indented with her tooth-mark; the redoubtable Daniel Lambert, whose girth was nine feet four inches; the eccentric pedestrian bookseller and scholar, Henry Lemoine; 'Peter the Wild Boy'; Joanna Southcott, the extraordinary fanatic who declared herself the one spoken of in Revelations, 'the bride, the lamb's wife, and woman clothed with the sun'; Renwick Williams, the monstrous artificial flower-maker and serial killer of women; and many others. Probably the most famous person depicted in this book is Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d'Éon de Beaumont, called the "Chevalier d'Éon" (1728-1810), who was a diplomat, spy, and man of letters who fought as a soldier in the Seven Year's War. The Chevalier d'Éon is best known today for the ease with which he passed for a woman, including a period of time during which he infiltrated the court of Em … [Click Below for Full Description]
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