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The famous history of the valiant London 'prentice. [Nottinhgam]: Printed for the honourable Company of Walking Stationers, [ca. 1790]. 16mo (15.5 cm, 6"). 24 pp.; illus. $350.00
This Midlands-printed chapbook is illustrated with => eleven crude but exciting woodcuts and "[r]ecounts the adventures of the brave and attractive youth, Aurelius, who is apprenticed to a London merchant after his beauty attracts the unwanted attention of the young women of his town. Aurelius ingratiates himself with his master, falls in love with the master's daughter, but, having his love unreciprocated, asks to be sent to Turkey. In Constantinople, Aurelius kills a Turkish prince at a tournament, is imprisoned and sentenced to death, but easily overpowers the two lions sent to eat him, and is rewarded for his valor" (University of Washington library record for its copy).
Provenance: From the chapbook collection of Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.
ESTC locates only four U.S. libraries reporting ownership (UCLA, Princeton, University of Washington, University of Florida).
ESTC N8308; Cropper, Nottinghamshire Printed Chap-Books, 18; Meriton & Dumontet, Small Books, 538. Removed from a bound volume; sewing perished. Very good condition. => Woodcuts wonderful. (38813) Please RESHELVE This.
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