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TRAPP, Joseph.

Most Faults on One Side:

or, the Shallow Politicks, Foolish Arguing, and Villanous Designs of the Author of a late Pamphlet, entitul'd Faults on Both Sides Consider'd and Expos'd. In Answer to that Pamphlet: Shewing, That the many Truths in Modern History related by the Author of it, do not make amends for his many Falshoods in Fact, and Fallacies in Reasoning.

London: Printed for John Morphew, 1710 Stock Code: 146793
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First edition, a response to Simon Clement's Faults on Both Sides, which had criticized both the Whigs and the Tories and had supported the formation of a non-partisan government, and which led to a flurry of counter pamphlets and engendering great controversy. The Tory Church of England clergyman and frequent pamphleteer Joseph Trapp (1679-1747) reacts furiously, placing all the blame solely on the Whigs, and presenting Clement's pamphlet as secretly a Whig polemic, only pretending to attack both sides equally. Instead, Trapp presents the pamphlet as a conspiracy by the Whigs, who saw that their dominance was ending and were consequently urging for a coalition government to keep their power. Clement responded to Trapp, in A Vindication of the Faults on Both Sides, that year.

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Octavo (210 x 136 mm). Disbound pamphlet, remnants of earlier spine, pages uncut.


Light soiling to initial and final page. Contemporary annotation to p.3 identifying Clement as the author of Faults on Both Sides. A very good copy.


ESTC N3521 (one of two variant settings).


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