An Essay Towards the History of the Last Ministry and Parliament:
containing Seasonable Reflections on I. Favourites II. Ministers of State. III. Parties. IV. Parliaments. and V. Publick Credit.London: Printed for J. Baker, 1710 Stock Code: 146796
First edition. Authored by the lexicographer and journalist Abel Boyer (1667-1729) in the aftermath of the fall of the Whig government and establishment of the new Tory ministry, the pamphlet supports the new Harley regime and criticizes its Whig predecessor. Boyer, sympathetic to the Whigs but currying favour with the new ministry, hoped Harley would appoint him editor of the London Gazette, but Harley refused to do so, implying he was not entirely convinced by his new ally. The work has formerly been incorrectly attributed to Defoe, including in the Wrenn catalogue, but Sill proved Boyer's authorship.
Octavo (206 x 127 mm). Disbound pamphlet, remnants of earlier spine, pages uncut.
Bound without half-title, a few leaves trimmed unevenly. A very good copy.
ESTC T33459; Kress 2659. See Geoffrey Sill, "Abel Boyer's 'Essay Towards the History'", The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, Vol. 75, No. 3, 1981, pp. 321-325.
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