The Emperor of the United States of America & Other Magnificent British Eccentrics - Catherine CaufieldRoutledge & Kegan Pau, 1981, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper and onto the margins of the upper panel. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank.
From the cover: “« Until he ate a bluebottle, William Buckland had always maintained that the taste of mole was the most repulsive he knew. » So opens the portrait of William Buckland, the founder of geology and one of the most peculiar eccentrics featured in this remarkable and dazzlingly funny book. One hundred and four of the greatest British eccentrics are featured, and a greater galaxy of stars is difficult to imagine — Romeo Coates, the diamond-clad actor, who rewrote Shakespeare; John Christie, the founder of Glyndebourne, who for a time provided all female guests with knitting needles and wool; Simeon Ellerton, who preferred walking with a large stone on his head; and, of course, the sublime poet, William McGonagall. Perhaps most astonishing is Joshua Norton, born in 1819, who reigned as Emperor of the United States of America for over twenty years. His Imperial Palace was only a small room in a seedy lodging house, but like all great eccentrics his ambitions were not constrained by the realities of everyday life.”
Illustrated by Peter Till. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 223 pages.