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In modern hand in pencil on flyleaf: Prob originating in Ireland (Plunkett family). Probably compiled by Lady Harriet Plunkett.
Binding: half black morocco over machine-grain morocco-covered boards. Front cover missing.
Manuscript, in mutliple hands, of a collection of several hundred riddles, acrostics, and rebuses, lighthearted poems primarily on female behavior, and several dozen hand-colored satirical engravings and newspaper clippings pasted in. Poem titles include Female loquacity; An excellent new song written for a masquerade at Edinburgh; Epitaph on a talkative woman; and Chit-chat at a country ball. The engravings primarily satirize social subjects, while the newspaper clippings include brief biographies of nobility; a survey of the mail in South America; a poem by George Tucker of Virginia; a chart portraying the expenditure on in "all the Christian world"; and several clippings on the votes of Parliamentary members in Ireland and England on whether to let Catholics sit in Parliament. A number of the riddles involve musical notation. Many of the entries have been decorated and colored.
1 v. (ca. 100 p.) ; 33 x 21 cm.
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