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The spirit of despotism. Dedicated to Lord Castlereagh. Edited by the author of "The political house that Jack built.".

Knox, Vicesimus.

Published by Pr. for William Hone, London, 1821
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Sixth edition. Four editions, "dedicated to Lord Castlereagh," and "edited by the author of the 'Political House that Jack Built'" [W. Hone], were published in London, in 1821. Publisher's advertisment on last leaf. With an engraved vignette on the title-page, by George Cruikshank. On the social conditions conducive to despotism. "Hone states that the book was ?first privately printed at London in 1795, during the war against France, in a duodecimo volume of 360 pages;? it is said to have been shortly afterwards suppressed by Knox, and that only three copies were left in existence, one of which went to America, and another subsequently fell into Hone's hands; no trace, however, of the three copies is now discoverable, and in all probability the American edition was really the first one (Notes and Queries, 5th ser. xi. 43, 174, 6th ser. vii. 407)" (DNB). DNB also states that Vicesimus Knox (1752?1821) was a "good scholar, an impressive preacher, and a popular and voluminous writer. He was a staunch whig, and, though a strenuous supporter of the establishment, was strongly in favour of Roman catholic emancipation." 8vo. [8 (4 blank)], 94, [2] pp. Sewn, sewing loosening. Lacks wrappers. Some soiling, especially to outer two pages. Title-page rubber-stamped with six-digit number. Dog-eared and tattered in margins. Small hole to final leaf, resulting in the loss of a few letters. Outer margin and a small portion of text from pp. 81/82 cut away, resulting in the loss of no more than 1 or 2 words to each line. Bookseller Inventory # 7598

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Title: The spirit of despotism. Dedicated to Lord ...

Publisher: Pr. for William Hone, London

Publication Date: 1821

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