(English Literary Periodical). The monthly magazine...Vol. XII. London:
R. Phillips, 1801. 8vo (22.5 cm, 9"). 644 pp.
Collected issues of this monthly “literary journal,” which actually served as a catchall also for general news and very various items of interest—including articles on natural history and voyages or travels; wedding, bankruptcy, and death notices; remarks on pictures, or on theatrical and musical performances; and assorted free-floating anecdotes and witticisms, as well as original poetry and reviews of contemporary publications. The contents are indexed; among the items of interest in this particular volume are a brief, skeptical analysis of the Ossian poems signed by one “Meirion,” a report on education of the deaf and dumb, a letter to the editor protesting the sport of bull-baiting, and news of a pregnant wife and mother who, in the throes of depression (she had “evinced a disposition to be very low-spirited” during her previous pregnancies), drowned herself and three of her children, which act the writer considers a “most horrible example of a crime almost new to human nature.”
A preface to another volume in this series notes that “by means of some new literary connexions in america, we shall possess peculiar advantages in presenting to our Readers, accounts of the most interesting circumstances belonging to the United States”—and it was an American reader, in fact, who owned the present example.
Provenance: Front pastedown with inked ownership inscription of Joshua Gilpin, a Quaker from Philadelphia who established the first paper mill in Delaware, in 1787.
Disbound; marbled paper–covered boards much chipped and worn, with joints cracking and large portions of spine leather lost or worn down; sewing going, with some leaves separated. Some signatures uncut; page edges untrimmed and in some cases browned. Occasional edge chips. Volume now housed in a simple, acid-free phase box. (5149)
The Gentleman Highwayman, an Exile in Ischia, a Killjoy Pope, Etc.
The Penny London post, or, the morning advertiser. From Wednesday October 31, to Friday November 2, 1750. London: J. Nicholson, 1750. Folio.  pp.
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No.  of this triweekly newspaper publication, printed in three columns, of English and foreign news; final page with advertisements including several medical. Publication under this title began with no. 203 (Aug. 3/5, 1744) to no. 1415 (May 1/3, 1751) and it continued as “The London morning penny post” from May 3/6, 1751.
Front page article is a lengthy, sensational “Continuation of The Life of James MacLean, commonly called the Gentleman Highwayman.” Beyond that, this issue contains a high percentage of European intelligence including news that “Don Colonna, Brother to the Prince of Stigliano,” will be allowed to return from the exile following upon his clandestine marriage, and that the pope has outlawed all card games.
Title words separated by a woodcut; text begins with a factotum initial; imprint derived from the colophon.
ESTC P1510. Removed from a nonce volume. Portion of top outer corner of each leaf torn away, resulting in the loss of a couple of letters from the title and a few words from the uppermost lines of each other page. Good ++. (9811)
Well, SERVES HIM RIGHT!
The wandering shepherdess; or the betrayed damsel. Glasgow: Pr. for the booksellers, . 12mo. 8 pp.
A young nobleman seduces and murders an Oxford merchant's beautiful daughter, then takes to his bed and dies of guilt and despair. The title-page bears a woodcut vignette of a young woman in a bonnet and cloak leaning against a gate, with "[No.] 9." printed at the foot.
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This ed. not in NSTC. Removed from a nonce volume. Pages age-toned; one leaf with outer margin cropped closely. (16768)
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