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Mounseer Nongtongpaw: a new version

Collection Data

M.J. Godwin & Co. (Publisher)
Richard Taylor and Co. (Printer)
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851 (Attributed name)
Taylor, John, 1757-1832 (Attributed name)
Mulready, William, 1786-1863 (Illustrator)
Dibdin, Charles, 1745-1814 (Bibliographic antecedent)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1808
Place: London
Publisher: Printed for the proprietors of the Juvenile Library
Library locations
Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle
Shelf locator: Pforz (Shelley, M. W. Mounseer Nongtongpaw. 1808)
Content: Epigraph: "Now list awhile, good people all, / To what the Muse shall tell, / Of John Bull's journey into Gaul, / And what him there befel."
Content: "To enable the unlearned reader to enter into the spirit of the following story, he should be informed, that 'Je vous n'entends pas,' is French for 'I don't understand you.'" -- title-page verso.
Biographical/historical: Authorship uncertain; based upon Charles Dibdin's song, "Mounseer Nong Tong Paw" (1796); perhaps a collaborative effort by John Taylor (1757-1832), William Mulready, William Godwin, and Mary Wollstonecraft [Godwin] Shelley (cf. E. W. Sunstein's "A William Godwin Letter, and Young Mary Godwin's Part in 'Mounseer Nongtongpaw'" in the Keats-Shelley journal, v. 45 (1996), p. 19-22).
Statement of responsibility: Printer's imprint: "Printed by Richard Taylor and Co., Shoe Lane."
Content: Illustrations: 12 etched plates designed by William Mulready, numbered with roman numerals.
Physical Description
Extent: 16 pages, XII leaves of plates : ill. ; 13 cm.
Pforzheimer copy 1: With the ownership signature of "Reginald Graham" in ink on the title-page.
Pforzheimer copy 1: Plates I and II are hand-colored.
Pforzheimer copy 1: Stitched in original yellow printed paper covers; cover parallel title: "The discoveries of John Bull in a trip to Paris."
Type of Resource
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b14890941
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0fa190b0-c605-012f-9dfd-58d385a7bc34
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