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Negative campaign flyer against Thomas Milner Gibson (1806-1884) who was a member of Parliament representing Ipswich, in Suffolk, from 1837 to 1839, as a Tory, and then Manchester, 1841-1857, as a Liberal. The flyer appears to be attacking Gibson on the basis of his switching his party loyalties, and so we would conjecture that it was created in his first race to gain the seat in Manchester, or 1841. But it could have come from when Gibson was running in Ipswich, perhaps in 1838, as it mentions "[Fitzroy] Kelly", the other Tory MP from Ipswich. Regardless, the item is a novel piece of electoral ephemera. Measuring 11 by 14 cm, oblong, and with some foxing and flattened dog-ear creasing. 
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Physiologie Complète du Rébus.  Ouvrage Illustré Par 800 petites Figures, Et rédigé, Blismon.  [Bloquet, Simon-François]
2 Blismon. [Bloquet, Simon-François] Physiologie Complète du Rébus. Ouvrage Illustré Par 800 petites Figures, Et rédigé
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N.d., circa 1842. 12mo. 15 by 10 cm. 169, [1], [10] pp. Each page is printed with a decorative frame. Throughout are woodcut vignettes. This is a visual dictionary of sorts -- one geared to solving rebus puzzles. Besides these pictograms, the diminutive book comes with a history of rebuses and plenty of examples and instructions on how to solve these often tricky puzzlers. In addition, there is a two page section on the manual alphabet used in sign language. To our knowledge, this is a most unusual reference, the only one of which we are aware to aid in the solution of rebuses, and it is also quite scarce. Scattered foxing. Spine cracked but still holding. 
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