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HENLEY, John (1692--1756)
[Advertisements. 1728--31]
[A collection of newspaper advertisements for lectures, readings, publications, and events 'At the Oratory' for the period August 1728 to April 1732]
[London]: [1729--1732].
[145] leaves ; 20.0 cm. (4º)

An album of 145 unnumbered leaves each having one to five cuttings attached; one leaf is a blank, and leaf [3] is tipped onto the verso of leaf [2]. Most of the cuttings are dated in ink, occasionally some marginalia or ink annotations indicating the source of the cutting, comments on the material (e.g. good & all new, etc.), and some prices (?). The period covered is in principle loosely chronological, with two broad sequences: the first from 1729 to 1731 with a single cutting from April 1732, then a second sequence from 1728 to 1731. For the most part, each cutting states 'At the Oratory, In Newport-market' or 'From the Oratory, the Corner of Lincoln's Inn Fields, near Clare-market ...'. John Henley, known as 'Orator Henley' was a clergyman-schoolmaster who had left Melton Mowbray for London in 1721. He became well-known as an 'entertainer' and gave public lectures firstly at Newport Market from 1726 and then at the old theatre in Clare Market, Lincoln's Inn Fields from 1729. For a time he published The Hyp Doctor in opposition to the conservative Craftsman; he was highly regarded by the freethinkers, and was popular with a rowdy London audience. Pope lampooned him in The Dunciad. See G. Midgley, The life of orator Henley (Oxford, 1973). The antiquarian Daniel Lysons collected cuttings from newspapers known as Collectanea from the printed title-pages; these were subsequently deposited at the British Museum and include one volume relating to Orator Henley, now in the British Library (shelfmark C.103.k.12).

Copy Notes C20th lined-paper prelims tipped-in at front [as if for an index], blank.

Binding Later C19th half calf, blind double-ruled borders, marbled-paper boards, blind-ruled spine, maroon morocco spine-labels, gilt-lettered '"My / Advertisements" / "Orator" / Henley. / 1729--1731'.

Reference Number 4687


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