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 Charicaturas of those two memorable Years. To which is annexed, An Explanatory Account or Key to every Print, which renders the whole full and significant.
73 of 75 images; 16mo. Calf boards. Morroco spine with gilt. 130 x 110mm (5 x 4¼"). Plates 46 and 74 missing. Plates 23 and 39 inserted from another copy.
An extremely rare volume of political and social caricatures covering a pivotal period in the history of Great Britain and the Americas. Subjects include Henry Fox and William Pitt's struggle for power in late 1756, Horatio Walpole (1st Baron Walpole), the Duke of Newcastle and many other prominent political figures of the day. The defeat of General Braddock at Fort Duquesne, the capture of Calcutta, the Seven Years War, the Byng disaster and British adventures in India and North America are all directly, or covertly included. Many of the caricatures include elaborate rebuses or hieroglyphics, and several have playing card motifs. These volumes are regarded as the foundation work in the development of political satire and caricature.
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