Item 2 - Papers, pamphlets, and prints on British politics and trade

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Crewe MS/2


Papers, pamphlets, and prints on British politics and trade


  • 1717-43 (Creation)

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1 volume (42 x 27 cm), containing 298 leaves. Folios 9-34, 36-41, 43-71, 74-109, 111-32, 134-5, 137-74, 176-85, 187-234, 236-9, and 241-83 are documents, pamphlets, prints, etc., bound into the book; ff. 1-8, 35, 42, 72-3, 110, 133, 136, 175, 186, 235, and 240 are leaves bearing titles, descriptions, and the table of contents. Bound in leather.

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Archival history

The title-page indicates that this collection was compiled in London in 1743, though it is not stated by whom. It was evidently intended for French readers. The arms of Sir William Stuart (1798-1874) are stamped on the front cover, and the armorial bookplate of Robert, Earl of Crewe, is pasted inside it.

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On the spine is stamped ‘Pasguinades Anglaises de 1743 MSS.’ (The spelling ‘Pasguinades’ is probably due to a misreading of the title-page.) The writing on the interspersed leaves is all in the same hand.

The contents may be divided into the following sections (the section headings in inverted commas derive from the table of contents):

Satirical prints (ff. 5-15)
‘Papiers satyriques’ (ff. 16-34)
‘Brochures sur le commerce’ (ff. 35-99)
‘Brochures politiques’ (ff. 110-283)

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Foliated 1-283, with five unnumbered flyleaves at the front and ten at the back. This foliation is new; the original numbering is disorderly. Some of the flyleaves at the back bear original folio numbers.

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  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • Latin
  • Portuguese

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BMC = Catalogue of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum


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This description was created by A. C. Green in 2016.




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