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The Book of Wonderful Characters
Memoirs and Anecdotes of Remarkable and Eccentric Persons in All Ages and Countries


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge

  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108044400

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  • Printmaker James Caulfield (1764–1826) spent much of his career publishing illustrated books about 'remarkable persons'. He began his first series around 1788 and continued it sporadically from 1790 to 1795, with books on a similar theme continuing to appear in the first decades of the nineteenth century. More than forty years after his death, this collection of biographies (produced in collaboration with Henry Wilson (fl. 1820–30)) was republished in 1869. The edition's introduction explains that the renewed interest in these characters comes from the fact that 'we have nearly lost all, and are daily losing what little remains of, our individuality'. The vignettes, accompanied by engravings of each individual, describe a wide-ranging group - from the man who died aged 152 to a 'remarkable glutton' to a woman who lived on the smell of flowers - their only common factor being that they were in some way 'wonderful'.

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    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108044400
    • length: 538 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 60 b/w illus. 1 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Francis Battalia, the stone-eater
    2. Miss Whitehead, the bank nun
    3. Daniel Dancer, the remarkable miser
    4. Chevalier Desseasau, the vain dwarf
    5. Matthew Lovat, who crucified himself
    6. Baron D'Aguilar, of Starvation Farm
    7. Old Books, of Ripon in Yorkshire
    8. Wybrand Lolkes, the Dutch dwarf
    9. Jacob Hall, the rope-dancer
    10. Henry Constantine Jennings, the remarkable virtuoso
    11. Henry Lemoine, an eccentric bookseller
    12. Matthew Buchinger, the Little Man of Nuremburg
    13. Henry Jenkins, the modern Methusaleh
    14. Bertholde, prime minister to Alboinus
    15. Lord Rokeby, of singular eccentricity
    16. Foster Powell, the astonishing pedestrian
    17. Joseph Boruwlaski, the Polish dwarf
    18. Ann Moore, the fasting woman
    19. Floram Marchand, the great water-spouter
    20. Jane Lewson, an eccentric old lady
    21. Peter the Wild Boy, of the woods of Hamelin
    22. William Stevenson, a notorious beggar
    23. John Broughton, a notorious pugilist
    24. Joseph Clark, the posture-maker
    25. Thomas Wood, the abstemious miller
    26. Nathaniel Bentley, the well-known 'Dirty Dick'
    27. Jeffrey Dunstan, Mayor of Garrat
    28. Henry Dimsdale, Mayor of Garrat
    29. George Morland, a celebrated painter
    30. Joanna Southcott, an extraordinary fanatic
    31. Thomas Laugher, commonly called 'Old Tommy'
    32. Margaret McAvoy, the blind girl
    33. Bampfylde Moore Carew, King of the Beggars
    34. Thomas Cooke, the notorious Islington miser
    35. Eve Fleigen, who lived on the smell of flowers
    36. Mary Anne Talbot, the female sailor
    37. Renwick Williams, commonly called the Monster
    38. Jenny Darney, a character in Cumberland
    39. Samuel Terry, the Botany Bay Rothschild
    40. Daniel Lambert, of surprising corpulency
    41. Thomas Britton, the musical small coal-man
    42. Elizabeth Woodcock, who was buried in snow nearly eight days
    43. John Elwes, the remarkable miser
    44. Jeffery Hudson, dwarf to Charles I
    45. Nice New, a well-known character at Reading
    46. John Valerius, born without arms
    47. Elizabeth Brownrigg, executed for cruelty and murder
    48. John Smith, better known by the name of Buckhorse
    49. Thomas Hills Everitt, the enormous baby
    50. Elias Hoyle, of Sowerby, Yorkshire
    51. Joseph Capper, the enemy of flies
    52. Margaret Finch, Queen of the Gipsies
    53. Miss Hawtin, born without arms
    54. Charles Domery, the remarkable glutton
    55. Thomas Parr, who died at the age of 152 years
    56. Thomas Hudson, remarkable for his misfortunes
    57. Claude Ambroise Seurat, the living skeleton
    58. George Romondo, an eccentric mimic
    59. Francis Trovillou, the horned man
    60. Samuel McDonald, commonly called 'Big Sam'
    61. Miss Harvey, the beautiful albiness
    62. Sam House, the patriotic public
    63. Barbara Urslerin, the hairy-faced woman
    64. Mary East, alias James How
    65. Daniel Cuerton, and his astonishing feats
    66. Jemmy Gordon, an eccentric character of Cambridge
    67. The Chevalier D'Eon, who passed as a woman
    68. Peter Williamson, remarkable for his captivity and sufferings
    69. Madam Teresia, the Corsican fairy.

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