A Political and Satirical History of the Years 1756 and 1757. In a Series of Seventy-five Humourous and Entertaining Prints. Containing all the Most Remarkable Transactions, Characters and Caricaturas of those two Memorable Years. To Which is Annexed, an Explanatory Account or Key to Every Print, which Renders the Whole Full and Significant
by [ENGLISH ILLUSTRATION]. [English Caricature: 18th Century]
London: Printed for E. Morris, [1757 or 1758], 1757. First edition. ESTC 43943. Title-page a little smudged; fine copy.. 12mo, early 20th-century brown morocco bound for Brentano's, gilt rules, decorations and lettering, a.e.g. 13 pages of explanatory text followed by 75 etched plates, the majority of which are by Darly & Edwards, dated variously Sept. 16, 1756 to late 1757. An engaging series of caricatures of English society, fashion, culture, religion and politics. A few are entitled "Hieroglyphics," and are decrypted in the explanatory text. There were four subsequent editions that covered years 1758-60, with additional plates. All the editions are scarce, in institutions and the trade. ESTC states "contains reduced copies of large plates, as well as original designs," and attributes the publication in part to the printmakers Edwards and Darly. (Inventory #: 27322)
English & American Literature, Americana, First Editions, Bibliography
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