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A political and satirical history : of the years 1756 and 1757. In a series of seventy-five humorous 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.
imprint
London : Printed for E. Morris, [1757?]
description
15, [1] pages, 75 plates : illustrations ; 14 cm (16mo)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
London : Printed for E. Morris, [1757?]
citation/reference
ESTC, T043943
general note
Contains reduced copies of large plates, as well as small original designs.
George Townshend identified as the source of several of the plates.
Plates have imprint information : Published by Edwards and Darly.
local note
Victoria University Library copy has the bookplate of Michael Curtis Phillips.
Victoria University Library copy inscribed by William Blake in pen and ink on the first flyleaf "Wm Blake" twice, once with great ornamental flourish, together with "William Blake" and "Wm Blake his my name". Top of the page inscribed by Henry Marsh, possible former owner. "William Blake" inscribed twice on title page with the date "May 29 1773", a possible date of purchase. The name "William Milles" also inscribed in centre of title page. On verso of title page is inscribed twice "William Blake his Book". The verso of Plate 38 in pen and ink is inscribed the name of "Mary Cary". Barely legible handwriting may also be seen on this leaf as well as on the verso of Plates 9 and 64. Acquired by William Blake, possibly as dated on the title page, when Blake was age 16 and apprenticed to the engraver James Basire. For futher information see : Phillips, Michael. William Blake : the creation of the Songs from manuscript to illuminated printing. Princeton University Press, 2000. Chapter I. Intimations. Pages 3-5.
Victoria University Library copy lacking page 15 of the Explanation; also lacking plates 2, 7, 21, 32, 36, 37, 56, 59, 61, 65, 70, 73, 74 and 75.
Victoria University Library copy purchased with the assistance of The Friends of Victoria University Library and Doreen Boswell.
catalogue key
11698184

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