Londres: George Carenaught, 1780. 8,192pp. plus folding frontispiece plate. Original plain blue-green wrappers, manuscript paper spine label. Wrappers a bit soiled and edgeworn. Titlepage a bit dusty. Very good. In original condition, untrimmed. In a blue half calf and cloth slipcase and chemise. Item #WRCAM44696
An interesting work satirizing the three European monarchs most intimately involved in the American Revolution, those of England, France, and Spain. "Aimed especially at Great Britain, this satire of the three major powers in the American War is in the form of a mock trial, which finds Great Britain guilty of starting the war. Extensive discussion of the United States. Benjamin Franklin, who is shown in the frontispiece, represents the U.S. and makes two speeches, the latter of which is a translation of almost all the Declaration of Independence." This is certainly a false imprint; the style and production of the book are entirely French, nor is there an English edition as the line "Traduit de L'Anglois" on the title would suggest. This is one of several editions produced in 1780, the initial year of publication, and this copy conforms to what Echeverria and Wilkie presume to be the first issue of the first edition. Though it seems that this should have been printed in Paris, they surmise that it was probably printed in London, a conclusion with which we must respectfully disagree. The attractive folding plate shows a tribunal at which the three kings are being judged. It represents the Ottoman Emperor as President of the court, flanked by the Emperor of Morocco and an array of European monarchs. The kings on trial sit before them with their various ministers flanking them, while the representatives of the republics, including Paoli and Franklin, are to the right. ECHEVERRIA & WILKIE 780/58. MARS, ANGE GOUDAR 140. FAY, p.13.