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The Book of Wonderful Characters: Memoirs and Anecdotes of Remarkable and Eccentric Persons in All Ages and Countries Henry Wilson

The Book of Wonderful Characters: Memoirs and Anecdotes of Remarkable and Eccentric Persons in All Ages and Countries

Henry Wilson

Published March 8th 2012
ISBN : 9781108044400
Paperback
538 pages
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 About the Book 

Printmaker James Caulfield (1764 1826) spent much of his career publishing illustrated books about remarkable persons. He began his first series around 1788 and continued it sporadically from 1790 to 1795, with books on a similar theme continuingMorePrintmaker James Caulfield (1764 1826) spent much of his career publishing illustrated books about remarkable persons. He began his first series around 1788 and continued it sporadically from 1790 to 1795, with books on a similar theme continuing to appear in the first decades of the nineteenth century. More than forty years after his death, this collection of biographies (produced in collaboration with Henry Wilson (fl. 1820 30)) was republished in 1869. The editions introduction explains that the renewed interest in these characters comes from the fact that we have nearly lost all, and are daily losing what little remains of, our individuality. The vignettes, accompanied by engravings of each individual, describe a wide-ranging group from the man who died aged 152 to a remarkable glutton to a woman who lived on the smell of flowers their only common factor being that they were in some way wonderful.