[Broadside against Napoleon]Countrymen! / The City of Syracuse (in Sicily) had maintained a successfull Contest with the Carthaginians; lulled into Security, however, by an advantageous Peace, she had reduced her Fleets and Armies, and the Carthaginians, who still retained their Envy and Hatred of her, seized the Opportunity to renew the War [...]
Letterpress, sheet 555 x 450mm (21¾ x 17¼"). Folds and creases; paper tone; on laid paper with fleur-de-lys watermark.
Large broadside published at the time when fears of an invasion of the British Isles by Napoleon were at their height. It reprints a passage from Act1, Scene 3 of Philip Massinger's play 'The Bondman' (c.1624), a play which concerns the siege of Syracuse by the Carthaginians. The general Timoleon's call to arms is here used to encourage Britons to show similar bravery. The text concludes 'it is needless to mention what followed this animating Debate. A Part of the Enemy fleet was sunk at Sea, those that landed were immediately put to the Sword, and their Commander slain. Published by John Hatchard (1768-1849), who founded the Piccadilly bookseller still thriving over two hundred years on.
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