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Historia Ænigmatica, de gemellis Genoæ connatis

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  • Title (object)

    • Historia Ænigmatica, de gemellis Genoæ connatis
  • Description

    A broadside on the asymetrical conjoined twins Lazzaro and Giovanni Battista Colloredo who were in London in 1637; with an engraving showing a young man dressed in elegant clothes, his waistcoat open and cloak pulled aside, revealing the body and limbs of a parasite twin attached to his abdomen; with engraved Latin and English inscription, and with Latin letterpress title and verses in two columns. (London, Milbourne; [1637]).


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  • Date

    • 1637
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 344 millimetres (printed area)
    • Width: 228 millimetres (printed area)
    • Height: 175 millimetres (engraving)
    • Width: 132 millimetres (engraving)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        With publication details engraved in the plate: "Printed for Robert Milbourne at the Unicorne neare Fleete bridge"
  • Curator's comments

    The Latin verses are of anti-Catholic content.
    Hollar made an etching of the twins when they were in Cologne in 1635, see 1856,0607.50 (Pennington 1777).
    See Holländer 1921, pp.103-6; STC 11728.6 (impression in Harvard).

  • Location

    Not on display (Broadsides British 1637 Imp)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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