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dred thousand Frenchmen, &c. 12mo. London,
Bow-Church Yard, n. d.
103. THE WITCH OF THE WOODLANDS, OR THE COBLER'S NEW TRANSLATION. Here Robin the Cobler, for his former evils, Is punish’d bad as Faustus with his devils. 12mo. London, n. d. A very curious tract, of which I have several editions, differing only in the wood-cuts. It commences : “ In the weilds of Kent, not far from Romney Marsh, there dwelt an old merry-conceited cobler, commonly called Robin the Devil, who afterwards was called the Witch of the Woodlands." He gets into the power of some witches, who transform him into a fox, a horse, and a swan ; but, in the end, meets with a beggar-man, who leaves him a fortune. The annexed cut of the witches is taken from p. 12.
Chap. 1. Robin's place of abode: he is married to a wench ; with his pitiful lamentation. 2. Robin runs away, and the entertainment he found on the road. 3. Robin wakes in the morning, and missed his bedfellow, who soon returns with some witches; the manner of his punishment, and other particulars. 4. Robin goes to London ; with his bitter lamentation on the road. 5. Robin meets an old blind beggar. 6. Robin lives with a beggar, who dies and leaves him all
his money ; Robin goes home, and what use he makes of his good fortune. Some of the wood-cuts are incongruous with the narrative. At p. 16, is one of a knight and a lady at a well; at p. 18, a cut of two countrymen, the same which was a favourite embellishment in ballads of the seventeenth century; and at p. 21 is a representation of the devil bringing a goblet to a person in bed.
104. THE FAMOUS AND MEMORABLE HISTORY OF WAT TYLER AND JACK STRAW. 12mo. Lon
don, Bow-Church Yard, n. d. In five chapters, with wood-cuts.
105. THE HISTORY OF THE ROYAL MARTYR, KING
CHARLES THE FIRST, with the Effigies of those worthy Persons that suffered, and the Time and Places where they lost their lives in his Majesty's cause, during the Usurpation of Oliver Cromwell. 12mo. London, Bow-Church Yard, n. d. In two parts, with twenty-four cuts. It appears to be a popular compilation from Lord Clarendon.
106. THE HISTORY OF THE WICKED LIFE AND HOR
RID DEATH OF DOCTOR JOHN FAUSTUS, shewing how he sold himself to the Devil to have power for twenty-four years to do as he pleased. Also the strange things done by him and Mephistophilus. With an account how the devil came for him at the end of twenty-four years, and tore him
to pieces. 12mo. Glasgow, 1777. An abridgment, in twenty-four pages, of the popular tale of Dr. Faustus, reprinted by Mr. Thoms.
107. The Famous AND RENOWNED HISTORY OF
HECTOR, PRINCE OF TROY, OR THE THREE DE
STRUCTIONS OF Troy. 12mo. 1787. Chap. 1. How Troy was the first time destroyed by Harcules, for Leomedon's refusing to give him the horses he promised upon slaying a sea-monster, delivering Exione, his daughter, from destruction, and freeing the land from plague. 2. How Troy was a second time destroyed by Hercules, &c., and of the Greek's departure. 3. How King Priamus rebuilded Troy; how Paris was sent with a navy, and stole away fair Helen. 4. How the Greeks declared war against the Trojans, and came with a huge fleet, and burnt Tenedos. 5. Divers battles between the Trojans and the Greeks. 6. How the Greeks conspired the death of Hector, and how he was slain by Achilles.
108. John Thompson's Man: or a short Survey of
the Difficulties and Disturbances that may attend a married life: to which are added some very extensive and most salutary Observations thereon; with certain and approved Rules for the choice of a Wife. 12mo. Licensed and entered according
to order, n. d. A curious tract of twenty-four pages, with a woodcut on the title. The author is a very plainly spoken person, as may be gathered from the following extract, which contains an array of epithets not very easily rivalled :
16thly. If you wed an old mapsie, murlie, mupit, crouch-backed, milk-mow'd, wirlie-faced, nipped, deformed creature to be thy wife, it is surely more out of love to her gear than herself; but as the proverb says, need makes naked men run, and sorrow makes websters spin, for it is her money renders her as nimble as an eel, and clouts all her broken clampers ; but consider, it is often observed that you leave behind you the product of the soil, which is crook-backed, heckle-headed, midge-winged, mifly-kited, lap-lugged, ill-haired, beestanged, flat-nosed, bow-legged, squint-eyed, chandlerchafted, sheavel-gabbed, left-handed, craik-toiled, yellow-wamed, button-footed, beetle, boided, wap-nobbed, tanny-cheeked, rep-shanked, fiddle-flanked, tout-mon'd, antick, apish, ugly, saucy, infirmed, diseased, donard, doited, decriped, disjointed, distracted, distorted, weazel-faced, quarter-witted, punch-lipped, horn-hiped, ham-houghed, hair-brained, nonsensical, fantastical, goose-capical, coxcomical, and idiotical world's wonder, bursen-body, not only to possess your estate, but to build up your family—a pretty man indeed! And if these be help-meets let the world judge. So I think it is better for a man to live alone (if he lives a pious, chaste, virtuous, and honest life) than to be joined to one who will put him out of himself; for marriage, as it was said before, was designed for love, peace, and concord, and to be help-meets to each other, but as the proverb says, maidens are so meek till they be married, that men never so much as dream of a toolzie till the tocher come a-paying.
109. The History AND TRAVELS OF HECTOR MacLEAN, late Sailor. Printed for Hector Maclean,
Ernted for mector monclean and sold for his own benefit. 12mo. 1765. Twenty-four pages, with two cuts. It was several times reprinted as a penny history.
110. A WONDERFUL PROPHECY BY ONE CALLED Nixon, who lived in Cheshire in the reign of King James VI of Scotland and I of England; foretelling several remarkable Events relating to the United Kingdoms of Great Britain, some of which are already accomplish'd, and others to be accomplished (as alleg'd) in the reign of our sovereign King George II. With a short description
of that Prophet. 8vo. Edinburgh, 1730. Nixon is here described as “a short squab fellow, had a great head and goggle eyes, and us’d to slobber and drivle when he spoke, which was but seldom. He was very surly, and would run after and beat the children that made sport at him. He would do nothing