A True and Faithful account of the Last Distemper and Death of Tom. Whigg, Esq;
Who departed this Life on the 22d Day of September last, Anno Domini 1710. Together with a Relation of his frequent appearing since that Day in Town and Country, to the great Disturbance of Her Majesty's Peaceable Subjects.London: [no publisher], 1710 Stock Code: 146785
First edition, the first part of a two-part satire on the fall of the Godolphin Whig ministry that year; "Tom Whigg" first loses his senses, then suffers the loss of two teeth (Sunderland and Godolphin), finally dies, and is regretted by no one. A contemporary annotator has identified certain figures.
This is the first part only of a two-part work, which is given by ESTC as a single item. The latter part has a renewed register and pagination, and a separate title page, and the two parts are often found separately. Subsequently a second edition of the first part only was published. The work is sometimes attributed to Daniel Defoe, though this is not widely shared (see A Catalogue of the Defoe Collection in the Boston Public Library, p. 173; John Henry Wrenn catalogue, p. 25).
Octavo (211 x 135 mm). Disbound pamphlet, remnants of earlier spine, pages uncut.
With portrait frontispiece.
Light soiling to initial and final leaf, and very minor damping at head. A very good copy.
ESTC T51807; Morgan Bibliography of British history (1700-1715), M760.
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