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Gamaliel Ratsey (d. 1605) was one of the earliest recorded highwayman of the early seventeenth century. Aquring the nickname of ‘Gamaliel Hobgoblin’, as a result of the grotesque mask he wore when robbing his victims, Gamaliel was born in Lincolnshire England, the son of a wealthy gentleman. After serving in the English Army, he returned home to Lincolnshire, taking up the life of a highwayman. After being caught sentenced to be hanged he escaped from prison, wearing only his shirt. In 1605 he was recaptured after being informed on by two other Highwaymen in order to save their necks. He was hanged on the 26th March 1605 in the town of Bedford, England.


The Life and Death of Gamaliell. 1605.

  • Recreation of titlepage with added historical elements. Printed on handmade paper resembling the look and feel of paper from the period the work was produced (8.5" x 11"), or textured watercolour paper (5"x7"). Printed with archival inks, and packaged in protective sheet and cardboard backing.


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