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Roget, John Lewis, 1828–1908

Outlines of a portion of the life of Trelawny Spoon, gent. : making known to the world for the first time many adventures and incidents of the most thrilling interest which might possibly have occurred had such a person as Trelawny Spoon, gent. ever existed / designed and sketched by John L. Roget.

Trin. Coll., Cambridge, 1847-1848.
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1 volume ([2], 33, [1] leaves) : chiefly illustrations ; 15 x 23 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
PN6737.R64 O9 1848+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Diane Nixon
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Son of Peter Mark Roget, of Thesaurus fame, John Lewis Roget continued to revise and expand his father's opus into further editions. In 1879 he penned a critical addendum, with his own etchings, to Turner's Liber studiorum (1807 and later), and later went on to write A history of the "Old Water-Colour Society" (1891), which gives an overview of the main English watercolorists of the eighteenth century.
Bound in contemporary red cloth, upper board lettered gilt ("Trelawny Spoon, gent.") within an elaborate cartouche; all edges gilt.
Manuscript cartoon, original and unpublished, detailing the adventures of man-about-town, Trelawny Spoon. The author, John Lewis Roget, later published some pen illustrations depicting humorous scenes from academia -- Familiar illustrations of the language of mathematics, or, A new picture alphabet for well-behaved undergraduates (1850), A Cambridge scrap-book (1859) -- but neither is a complete narrative, as here.
We are introduced to Trelawny Spoon as he prepares to attend a ball in London; "having attired himself much to his satisfaction he practices the polka with a chair." Upon arriving at the ball he is introduced to a "fair partner" and although he tries to "compose his feelings with an ice" he fancies himself in love. Risible misunderstandings abound, and he finds himself in scrapes of which Bertie Wooster would be proud: after sleeping in a hedge and being awoken by an inquisitive cow, he rallies his élan sufficiently to gatecrash a society picnic in the neighboring field. While staying at the country house of these new acquaintances he attempts an assignation with the object of his affections by dropping from his window in the dead of night, but becomes ensnared on a tree and is apprehended by the gardener on suspicion of housebreaking. He suffers some real nadirs of fortune, but the ending sees him restored and happily affianced.
Subject Terms:
Balls (Parties) -- Great Britain -- Fiction.
Roget, John Lewis, 1828-1908.
Single men -- Fiction.
Short stories.
Comic histories.
Humorous fiction.
Ink drawings.
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