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KIRBY, R.S.
[The wonderful and scientific museum. Advertisement]
The cheapest work ever offered to the public; containing curiosities of nature and art. January 1, 1804, was published, ... number XI. being the first number of the second volume; with which may be had, no. I. to X. making the first volume complete, ... to be continued monthly, till completed, supposed in about five or six volumes. By a society of gentlemen. ...
[London]: T. Keating, printer, [1804].
[2] p. ; 22.8 cm. (8º)

The first volume of The wonderful and scientific museum commenced publication in 1803. The second volume, printed for R.S. Kirby and J. Scott, has title: Kirby's wonderful and scientific museum. The present advertisement, 'To prevent Mistakes, or the obstrusion of any inferior Work,' draws the prospective purchaser's attention to the representation of 'the celebrated Sphynx of Egypt' on the wrapper of each number. The verso lists the engravings already published, two or three plates in each number. Later volumes have title: Kirby's wonderful and eccentric museum, with the sixth and final volume being published in 1820.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Bound as issued with an advertisement for health remedies at the end of a copy of The European Magazine for December 1803 (q.v. copy 3).
Copy 2: Bound as issued, as copy 1, at the end of a copy of The European Magazine for December 1803 (q.v. copy 4); with an additional inserted advertisement for Bish's Lottery (q.v.).

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