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The History of the Rise and Fall of Count Hotspur, With that of his Brother-in-Law, Colonel Headstrong;

wherein Are set forth, with all possible brevity, the Transactions of a long Tract of Years, and the Steps each of them took to climb up to the Summit of that Grandeur and Preferment, to which they rais'd themselves with great Difficulty; and from which, with as great Ease, through the Means of their Self-Will and Presumption, they were unexpectedly cast down. Faithfully Translated into English from an Etrurian Manuscript, lately found in the Great Duke of Tuscany's Library at Leghorn, for the Use of such as are, or would be conversant in the Affairs of State.

London: Printed for T. Moor, 1717 Stock Code: 146798
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First edition, a satire on contemporary politics presenting itself as an ancient manuscript, with very thinly veiled characters, here helpfully identified by a contemporary annotator in the margins: "Conrado the Second" as Charles II, "King Latinus the Second" as James II, "Prince Belgavino" as the Prince of Orange, "Hotspur" as Charles Townshend, "Colonel Headstrong" as Robert Walpole, the "Prince of Mirandola" as the Duke of Marlborough, "Princess Anastasia" as Queen Anne, "Lilliano King of the Gauls" as Louis XIV. The pamphlet was occasioned by the dismissal of Townshend, which led to the resignation of much of the ministry and the splitting of the Whig party; Townshend and Walpole are criticized by the anonymous author. Uncommon, ESTC locates copies in ten institutions.

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Octavo (205 x 134 mm). Disbound pamphlet, remnants of earlier spine, pages uncut.


Light staining at head of title and to leaf K2, later (19th century?) pencilled annotations. A very good copy.


ESTC T36520.


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