Place and Imprint: London: Printed for M. Cooper, 1745.
Edition: First and only edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T20407.
Condition: Repair to one margin; fine copy.
Book ID: 27787
Physical Description8vo, modern quarter calf period style, marbled paper boards, brown morocco spine label, gilt rules and lettering. Engraved plate allegedly after William Hogarth. Without the half-title.
CommentsA satire on unscrupulous politicians - particularly those involved with the "broad bottom" coalition which came to power in 1744 - with a sensational engraving "taken from an original painting of" William Hogarth, depicting Tory leaders with flabby bottoms, relieving themselves on a group of donkeys below. The donkeys have labels on their loads representing issues such as "Land Tax," "Black Act," "Lottery Annuities" and commodities such as salt, malt, wine, candles and tea. The 52-page satire opines that the opposition leaders who joined the "broad-bottomed" coalition government of Henry Pelham, did so by abandoning their principles in exchange for wealth and social position. The attribution of the image to William Hogarth is spurious, no doubt a ruse to increase sales; he is not known to have been responsible for this image, either a painting or engraving.