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The philosophical puppet show, or, Snip's inauguration to the president's chair : addressed to Sir J----- B----, ... a celebrated connoisseur in Chickweed, Caterpillars, Black Beetles, Butterflies, and Cockle-sehlls / by Simon Snip
Bib ID 473447
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
Author
Snip, Simon
 
Online Versions
Description London : Printed for William Green, 1663 [i.e. 1783 or 1784?] 
37 pages, [1] leaf of plates ; 21 cm. 
Summary

Satirical account of Sir Joseph Banks.

Notes

Cockle-shells mispelt on title page.

"Sir Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Society, was very friendly with Dr Daniel Solander, favourite pupil of Linnaeus and later Assistant Librarians at the British Museum. He subsequently travelled with Banks round the world and became his librarian. This satire on Banks is dated 1663 but this is evidently a fictitious date or a misprint. The copy in the Ferguson Collection has the name Charles Hutton written in a contemporary hand below Simon Snip, F.R.S. This suggests or asserts Charles Hutton as the author. Charles Hutton, LL.D. (1737-1823) was born at Newcastle on Tyne, the son of a colliery labourer. He became a distinguished Mathematician and was Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society from 1779 until Sir Joseph Banks became president, when he resigned. Sir Joseph Banks was chosed President November 30, 1778. In 1783-4 there were very stormy meetings and it was found necessary to pass a resolution of support for the President. It may reasonably be presumed that this skit was published about that time."--Ferguson.

National Library of Australia's F2a (FC) copy inscribed in ink on the title page, Charles Hutton; bookseller's description inserted; half bound with marble edges.

Signatures: A⁴-E⁴, F³

Frontispiece: [Apotheosis of Banks] headed: The Natural-ist, and with verse below: If East, and West, or North, and South you wander / You'll find on Shallow BANKS fed fat Solander. [circa 1784].

F2a (FC) copy also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-52887272

Source of Acquisition Acquired by Ferguson from Dobell's Antiquarian Book Store, catalogue 43 (1938), no. 25A. 
Cited In

Ferguson, J.A. Bibliography of Australia, 2a

Subjects Banks, Joseph, 1743-1820 -- Humor.  |  Botanists -- England -- Humor.
Other authors/contributors Hutton, Charles, 1737-1823
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Snip's inauguration to the president's chair

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