or the Peculiarities and Eccentricities of the Human Character Displayed.London: printed by H. Rowe, 1821 Stock Code: 133534
First and only edition of this pseudonymously authored series of curious biographical sketches, including chapters on "Charles Mc. Ghie or Mackey", the Milanese Frances Scanagatti known as "the Female Soldier", and the freemason John Coustos. Though some catalogues have identified the author as the antiquary and numismatist John Yonge Akerman (1806-1873) - one of the more famous adopters of the Pindar pen name - Grzegorz Sinko dismisses this attribution, pointing out that "the author remains anonymous and should not be mixed up with Akerman as the latter being born in 1806 could hardly have become a writer at the age of fifteen" (p. 139). Though held in 30 institutions worldwide, Remarkable Biography is uncommon in commerce, recorded as having appeared just three times at auction (2009, 1913, and 1882).
Octavo. Original buff paper-backed blue boards, hand written paper spine label, uncut.
Engraved frontispiece showing a caricature portrait of Andrew Whitson.
Endpapers watermarked 1821. Extremities worn, joints expertly repaired and a few early gatherings strengthened, frontispiece foxed and contents occasionally foxed, a single pencil annotation to p. 132, in all a very good copy.
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