"Lobsters," a broadside from around 1650, features an acrostic about this noble (and delicious) crustacean. I know this is a little early for the period covered by the journal, but I couldn’t resist posting this. And how did this slender, fragile piece of paper survive 350 years to end up in the McMaster University Library Archives anyway?
h/t @MarkMcDayter a prof at Western University, who pointed out on twitter that this broadside is “Surely a veiled political satire on Haselrig’s ‘lobsters’ and the Parliamentary army in general.”
Read Eighteenth-Century Fiction journal online via institutional subscription at Project MUSE: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/eighteenth_century_fiction/
Depicting lobsters with the wrong number of legs is not only a modern problem. Apparently, they have been incorrectly portrayed since at least 1650! The lobster in the lower left may have the correct number of legs, but the rest are wrong.