An Address of Thanks to the Broad-Bottoms, for the Good Things They Have Done, and the Evil Things They Have Not Done, Since their Elevation . . .

Publisher: 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


8vo, modern quarter calf period style, marbled paper boards, brown morocco spine label, gilt rules and lettering. Engraved plate by William Hogarth. Bound without the half-title.


A satire on unscrupulous politicians - particularly those involved with the "broad bottom" coalition which came to power in 1744 - with a sensational engraving by 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. Sound familiar?

Price: $1,250.00

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