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Portraits and Lives of Remarkable & Eccentric Characters.

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CT 9990_P67 1819 F Battalia the stone eater rsz.jpg
CT 9990_P67 1819 Moll Cut purse.jpg
CT 9990_P67 1819 Foster Powell.jpg
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CT 9990_P67 1819 F Battalia the stone eater rsz.jpg
CT 9990_P67 1819 Moll Cut purse.jpg
CT 9990_P67 1819 Foster Powell.jpg
CT_9990_P67 1819 title page adj.jpg
Title: Portraits and Lives of Remarkable & Eccentric Characters.
Date: 1819
Description: A collection of stories about eccentric characters such as

Martin Van Buchell, “surgeon, dentist, and professor in the art of cutting fistulas, &c, &c.”  

Francis Battalia, The Stone-Eater, who “devoured about half a peck of pebbles every day, and when he jumped or chinked his belly you could hear the stones rattle within him.”

Foster Powell, “considered the father of the school of English Pedestrians” who, in 1764, walked fifty miles on the Bath-road in seven hours, going the first ten miles in one hour.

and Mary Frith, known as Moll Cut Purse, a pilferer, a “woman of great spirit; a virago"

Citation:
“Portraits and Lives of Remarkable & Eccentric Characters.,” VCU Libraries Gallery, accessed August 18, 2022, https://gallery.library.vcu.edu/items/show/79514.