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Dawson Turner's library (1853) was with
drawn, although printed in italics in the CONTENTS.-No. 2.
catalogue. In 1854 Capt. Manby died, and NOTES :-Capt. G. W. Manby, 21-Carpenter's. Geograpby nothing more is heard of the “ Manbeiana
Delineated,' 22-St. Margaret's Churchyard, Westminster, until sold in 1859 as lot 292 in the sale of the 23—Leonardo da Vinci's 'Last Supper ' - Japanese New manuscript library of Dawson Turner, fetchYear's Day, 25-Berlioz and Swedenborg-Leonardo da
ing seventeen shillings only. The present Vinci in Milan-Caul-Curious Christian Names, 26
“Acerbative"-"Tunnelist": "Tunnelism," 27. possessor I cannot trace. QUERIES :-St. Bridget's Bower—Memoirs of a Stomach,'
Atheneum, 15 Nov., 1851. 27 — 'Worke for Cutlers' - Karliest Playbill-Sir John MY DEAR CAPTAIN MANBY,-In giving up to Vaughan-Obiit Sunday-Chaucer's Tomb in Westminster my son-in-law, Mr. T. Brightwen, the manage, Abbey--Statue by John of Bologna - "Collectioner"
ment of the Yarmouth Bank, I also relinquished Mary Stuart, 28—"Heardlome"; "Heech"-Picture of
to him the house, from which it was consequently Knight in Armour-H. F. and W. Lockhart Holt-Persian
my books and papers. Paiotings-Penrith-Queen Helena-Setting of Precious These, therefore, have been carried to an empty Stones-Japanese Cards, 29.
house in Chapel Street, where they are under RBPLIES :-Grenadier Guards, 30-Mundy, 31—"A gallant lock and key, and must remain so till I can come captain "-Long Lease - Robin a Bobbin – Medical Bar-down and get a new house for myself and place risters – Richard Nash - "The Consul of God," 32 them in it. This, I am sorry to say, is at present “Constantine Pebble"- Marriage House - Shakespeare's out of my power; for the severe illness with which Scholarship, 33-Beyle: Stendbal-"A flea in the ear"- I was attacked at Edinburgh so hangs upon me Historical Rime : Rhyme, 34—"Mais on revient toujours" that I am forced to remain in London under medical
The Oak, the Asb, and the Ivy - Dorothy Nutt- advice, and nobody can find anything in my absence. Riding the Black Ram, 35-Mary, Queen of Scots—"Top Still, though I cannot just now do what you wish, Spit"-"
"_"As merry as Griggs"-Candlemas Gills-Edwin I feel that I can serve you more effectively. Tell Drood’ Continued— Modern Forms of Animal Baiting, 37 the person who has been applying to you to call --Crowns in Church Tower - Lancashire and Cheshire upon me at this home, and send me the name of the Wills-Economy-Weather, 38.
eminent publisher he proposes to employ, and I will NOTES ON BOOKS :-Mrs. Toynbee's Edition of Walpole's see them both, and shall soon know if they propose Letters--Burke's 'Peerage'-Magazines and Reviews. what is likely to be honourable and profitable to
you. If they do, I will gladly co-operate with them Notices to Correspondents.
to the utmost extent of my power, but I too well
know the state of the book-trade at the present Notes.
time to have much hopes, and I far more fear that
you are likely to be made a dupe of by some designCAPT. GEORGE WILLIAM MANBY, 1765-1854. three or four previous cases from which I had the
ing persons, just as has been already attempted in The following two letters have recently satisfaction of saving you. come into my possession. Their writer,
I am, dear sir, very truly yours, Dawson Turner, a man of great taste and
Dawson TURNER. intense enthusiasm as a collector of auto- The second letter is as follows:graphs, is a familiar name to most. Capt. MY DEAR CAPTAIN MANBY,–Very glad indeed was Manby, the addressee, deserves greater 1 to find by your letter that you are now not only posthumous honours than have hitherto been in the land of the living, but, apparently, in the accorded him. The inventor of apparatus for enjoyment of good health, with the exception of saving life from shipwreck, and author of a failings. Have no fear, I pray you, for the safety number of treatises on this and allied sub- of anything relating to yourself that may be in my jects, he had printed at Yarmouth in 1839 possession." What I am about to dispose of is only
octavo volume of very interesting such of my printed books as I cannot store in this reminiscences.
not published house. The author presented a copy to the British is, as I informed you, safe nailed down and corded
Whatever concerns you, and whatever is private, Museum, and his friend Dawson Turner, in in boxes, but not at present here within my reach. addition to a unique copy on vellum, acquired hope it may shortly be so; as soon as it is, the the manuscript. It is this evidently that had volumes of Manbeiana shall be taken to pieces, and been inquired after when the first letter was what I have received from you shall be returned to written; but about the same time, with a do 80'; for my wish is to place them intact in the
you if you desire it. But you are very wrong to view to his biography being written, Capt. British Museum, where they will be ready for any Manby had lent Turner a number of manu- future biographers, and can never be sold or turned scripts and printed documents, letters, copies to any unworthy purpose, but will be a lasting of correspondence, &c., collectively referred to monument to your honour, as long as England
remains a nation. as “Manbeiana." The only use made of this material was & memoir privately printed
lam, my dear sir, very truly yours,
DAWSON TURNER. about 1851. For some reason this was No. 26, Castelnau Villas, Barnes, Surrey, suppressed. A copy included in the sale of
30 March, 1852.
The British Museum purchased at the I may mention that the edition of 1635 is Dawson Turner sale the manuscript of Capt. stated on the title-page to be “The Second Manby's ‘Reminiscences.'
Edition Corrected.” ALECK ABRAHAMS. A work of this kind does not afford much 39, Hillmarton Road, N.
in the way of quotation; but there are a few
passages which may fitly find a place in these NATHANAEL CARPENTER'S 'GEOGRAPHY pages. Here is a pleasant reference to DELINEATED,' 1625.
Columbus (book i. p. 9): For the sake of bibliographical accuracy, ' Especially of Columbus the Italian, who (as one it may be as well that I should here reproduce wittily alluding to his name) like Noah's Doue the exact wording of the title page :
plucking an oliue branch from this Land, gaue tes
tiniony of a portion of Land as yet vnknown, and “Geography Delineated Forth in Two Bookes. left naked vnto discouery. And no question can be Containing The Sphæricall And Topicall Parts made, but a great quantity of land, not yet detected Thereof. By Nathanael Carpenter Fellow of Exceter by our European Navigators, awaites the industry Colledge in Oxford. Ecclesiast. I. One generation of this age. To which alludes the Poët in these commeth, and another goeth, but the Earth re- verses (Seneca in 'Medeâ,' Act II.):maineth for euer. (Printer's ornament.] Oxford,
In after yeares shall Ages come,
When th' Ocean shall vnloose the bands
Of things, and shew vast ample lands;
New Worlds by Sea-men shall be found, From this it will be seen that the work is Nor Thule be the vtmost bound.” divided into two books, and, I may add, with separate title-pages. The first book is dedi- Sir Henry Savile, and a very pleasant little
The next reference is to the distinguished cated "To the Right Honovrable William, bit of personal history it is (book i. p. 143):-Earle of Pembroke, Lord Chamberlaine," and the second book "To the Right Honovrable that great Atlas of Arts, Sir Henry Sauile in the
“Here I cannot but remember a merry answer of Philip, Earle of Montgomery,” the “Incom-like question. Being once invited vnto his Table, parable Paire of Brethren,” to whom Shake- and hauing entred into some familiar discourses conspeare's Folio of 1623 is dedicated. In cerning Astronomicall suppositions: I asked him addition, the first named is supposed to have what he thought of the Hypothesis of Copernicus, been the “Mr. W. H.” of Shakespeare's who held the Sunne to stand fixt,
and the Earth to Sonnets. He died in 1630, when he was he cared not which were true, so the Apparences
be subiect to a Triple Motion : His answere was; succeeded in the title by his brother Philip, were solued, and the accompt exact : sith each way and, notwithstanding, Carpenter retains the either the old of Ptolomy, or the new of Copernicus, dedications in the edition of 1635 exactly as would indifferently serue an Astronomer: Is it not they appeared in the edition of ten years Table be brought to me, or I goe to my Table, so I
all one (saith he) sitting at Dinner, whether my before. In the edition of 1635 the author
eat my meat? has a metrical address "To my Booke”; but as my copy of the first edition is slightly transcribing
the following (book i. p. 167) :
It is not much in itself; but I cannot help imperfect, I am in consequence not in a position to say whether the lines are common
“It is written of that learned man Erasmus to both. I extract the following ; but, with Roterodamus, that hauing seene 50 yeares, he was this exception, all the quotations given below that vndertaking to write
Comments on the Acts of are from the edition of 1625 :
the Apostles, he had alwayes in his eye those Tables, Goe forth thou haplesse Embrion of my Braine,
where he made no small vse for the finding out of Vnfashion'd as thou art; expresse the straine the site of such places whereof he had occasion to And language of thy discontented Sire,
treate." Who hardly ransom'd his poore Babe from fire,
And then follows this rather bitter reflecTo offer to the world and carelesse men The timelesse fruits of his officious pen.
tion by our author :Thou art no louely Darling, stampt to please “And it were to be wished in these dayes, that The lookes of Greatnesse; no delight to ease yong Students insteed of many apish and ridiculous Their melancholy temper, who reiect
pictures, tending many times rather to ribaldry, As idle toyes but what themselues affect.
then any learning, would store their studies with No lucky Planet darted forth his Rayes
such furniture." To promise loue vnto thy infant-dayes : Thou maist perhaps be marchandize for slaues,
I may quote here another of our author's. Who sell their Authors wits and buy their graues: reflections (book i. p. 93) :Thou maist be censur'd guilty of that blame,
“ To these haue associated themselues another Which is the Midwifes fault, the Parent's shame: sort, more to be regarded, as more learned; the Thou maist be talke for Tables, vs'd for sport Critickes (I meane) of our Age, who like Popes or At Tauerne-meetings, pastime for the Court: Dictatours, haue taken vpon them an Vniuersall Thou maist be torne by their malicious phangs, authority to censure all which they neuer vnderWho nere were taught to know a Parents pangs. stood. Had these men contained themselues in