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Fifty Wonderful Portraits
London: J. Robins and Co 1824 London: J. Robins and Co, 1824. First edition. 4to. [Title page lacking], 8pp. letterpress, and 50 engraved plates by Cooper and Page. Original printed boards, spine rebacked; plates and text quite clean . A wonderful compilation indeed, with fine portraits of the prodigious, the phenomenal, and grotesque. Among the attractions are 'Dirty Dick', who didn't bathe for 40 years; Daniel Dancer, 'The Remarkable Miser'; the Chevalier d'Eon, who, for forty years, passed as a woman; 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, many others.Price on upper cover is 25 Shillings
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