8vo. 15 pp. +1 p. catalogue of Hone?s publications at rear. A satirical attack on Lord Castlereagh (Robert Stewart, 1769?1822). Events in Stewart?s history are reviewed in allusions by the polemical writer and publisher, William Hone, and his frequent co-pamphleteer, the illustrator and caricaturist, George Cruikshank. Castlereagh?s history is, briefly, as follows: Irish-born, he was a supporter of William Pitt and the more reformist wing of British politics. From 1795?1800, concerned that Napoleon was enticing Ireland into a union with France, Stewart engineered the Irish Act of Union through both Parliaments. Deceived by George III and the British establishment, Castlereagh was under the belief that the Catholics would be emancipated. This did not occur and both Castlereagh and Pitt resigned, Stewart, however was held responsible for a long time for the betrayal of the Catholics. Pitt and Stewart returned to the Cabinet with the resumption of the Napoleonic War in 1804. Pitt died and fights broke out between Castlereagh and the Foreign Secretary Canning, with result that they fought a duel in 1809, with Canning being wounded. In 1812 Castlereagh became Foreign Secretary and negotiated the end of the Napoleonic War in the Treaty of Paris and the Congress of Vienna of 1814. He was helpful in his pro-European actions and forming a more effective collective security program. Dspite this great contribution to European peace and security he was severely criticised for supporting reactionary governments on the Continent and repressive ministers in Britain. In 1822, he developed gout, as well as paranoia and other signs of mental disturbance. Despite a suicide watch at home, he slit his own throat on 12 August 1822. He was buried in Westminster Abbey, near William Pitt. Suicide was illegal and radicals like Williqm Cobbett thought there had been a cover-up. Controversy and misunderstanding were hallmarks of Castlereagh?s life and, as noted by Patten, he never got a good press. Cruikshank?s image on the title page shows a bulldog biting the nose of Castlereagh. This pamphlet was at a relatively early stage of Cruikshank?s frequent collaboration in parody with Hone, who was at this time engaged in his political trial for blasphemy in parody of the litany, a history wonderfully chronicled in Robert Patten?s ?Cruikshank?s Life, Times and Art?, Rutgers, 1992, Vol. 1, Ch. 9. Minor toning. Lower edge of pages 5/6 torn, without encroaching on text. Else, Very Good. Cohn 614. Not in Marchant, Three Cruikshanks. Nor in Jerrold. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Official Account of the Noble Lord?s Bite! ...
Publisher: London. W. Hone. .
Publication Date: 1817
Binding: Self wraps.
Illustrator: Title page illustrated with woodcut vignette by George Cruikshank.
Edition: First Edition.
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