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SAINT ANDRÉ, Nathanael (1680--1776)
A short narrative of an extraordinary delivery of rabbets, performed by Mr. John Howard, surgeon at Guilford. Published by Mr. St. Andrè surgeon and anatomist to his Majesty. The second edition.
London: printed for John Clarke, 1727.
40 p. ; 18.5 cm. (8º)

First published in 1726. Page 6 misnumbered '9'. In the autumn of 1726 year Mary Toft, known as the "rabbit woman of Godalming", attracted widespread attention by claiming that she had been delivered of a rabbit and repeating the performance daily. Saint André was sufficiently convinced of the authenticity of her claims to publish the present pamphlet, which was picked up in the popular press, but when Toft travelled to London in November 1726 the imposture was revealed. (ODNB.) The affair is portrayed in Hogarth's engraving 'Cunicularii, or the Wise men of Godliman in Consultation' (December 1726). See R. Paulson, Hogarth's graphic works, 3rd rev. ed. (London 1989), no. 106 (pp. 69--70, 275). ESTC t56207.

Copy Notes Bound (2) with An authentic, candid, and circumstantial narrative, of the astonishing transactions at Stockwell, 1772 (q.v.).

Binding Late C18th/early C19th half black stained calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-tooled spine with 'CR' monogram of Richard Cosway (7 x 6 mm).

Reference Number 336


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