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"The Works of James Gillray from the Original Plates with the Addition of Many Subjects Not Before Collected"

published by Henry G. Bohn, London
written by Charles Whiting

Original Copperplate Engravings over 170 years old

Full Sheet Size: approximately 19.125 x 24.75 inches (about 48 x 63 cm)
Image size varies from engraving to engraving. Minor age toning, foxing, staining, etc. are to be expected. Please examine plate by clicking on the thumbnail images provided below.


Description (from

Prince William Henry seated in a hammock tenderly embraces a pretty African or mulatto girl; they gaze into each other's eyes. He is in profile to the right, and wears naval uniform with striped trousers, a star on his coat. The hammock is slung above a chest inscribed 'Pe Wm Hy.'; a coil of rope, a cask of 'Jamaica Rum', and a cannon indicate the Prince's ship. Beneath the design is etched:

'------Far be the noise
Of Kings & Crowns from us, whose gentle souls
Our kinder fates have steerd another way,
Free as the forest birds we'll pair together
Without rememb'ring who our fathers were.
And in soft murmurs interchange our souls.'
23 January 1788

The Castle in the Moon

Description (from

Don Quixote personifying Spain, mounted on a dejected Rozinante, sits erect on his saddle, addressing Sancho (Holland) astride on a small ass. They are on the edge of a cliff by the sea. On the neck of the Don's horse stands a small monkey (France) dressed like a Frenchman with a long pigtail queue; he holds the slack reins with his left hand while he points with his sword towards a castle in the sky in a circle inset in a crescent moon which is inscribed "Gibraltar". He says, "Sa - Sa - Ah - ha! dere I was have dem! & dere! Ah - ha!" Don Quixote, who wears Mambrino's helmet with a feather in it, a cloak, slashed doublet and breeches, and top-boots with large spurs, has an expression of melancholy dignity; he says, "Sancho! we'll sit down before the Castle & starve them out; Sancho." Sancho wears a hat like an inverted flower-pot with a short pipe stuck through its band; he says with an expression of dismay, "Starve them out. O Lord! O Lord! we're like to be starv'd Ourselves first! ther's not a mouthful left in the Wallet, & I'm grown as thin as a Shotten Herring". He is far too large and heavy for the small ass which grazes the sparse plants at its feet. Beneath the title is engraved "A New Adventure, not mentioned by Cervantes".
22 August 1782


original james Gillray etchings from the suppressed series: Wouski

The Castle in the Moon

Plates 5, 6

(another of Gillray's "naughty" engravings, published in a separate volume as to not offend delicate ladies' sensibilities.)

Sheet size is approximately 19.125 x 24.75 inches (about 48 x 63 cm)
(Blank verso)

Please examine the enlarged plates by clicking on the thumbnail image above.
Minor age toning, foxing, staining, etc. are to be expected with paper of this age and type.


The Castle in the Moon




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