Auction Date: 17/10/2017 at 10:30 am
Interesting ‘Memoirs of the Celebrated Dwarf Joseph Boruwlaski A Polish Gentleman’ written by himself 1788 Book - First Edition. An unusual 247 page book which is dedicated to the Duchess of Devonshire. Has 10 pages of list of Subscribers including the Royal Dukes. Text is in two languages being English and French being “a faithful and curious Account of his Birth, Education, Marriage, Travels and Voyages”. In original marble board binding with leather spine, size 5” ´ 8”. Note: Joseph Boruwlaski (1739 - 1837) was an untitled member of the Polish aristocracy. Born in Poland, he grew very slowly and reached his maximum height of three feet, three inches at the age of 30. What he "lacked in size he made up in culture, wit, and intelligence. Great men sought his company for the sheer pleasure of hearing him converse. Nonetheless he found it difficult to make a living and resorted to exhibiting himself for money" (Toole-Stott). He travelled the Continent for several years until settling in London where he had audiences with George III and the Regent. He wrote his autobiography in French, had it translated and arranged to publish it in this dual-language edition for his benefit.