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CLEMENT, Simon.
Faults on Both Sides: or, An essay upon the original cause, progress, and mischievous consequences of the factions in this nation... [together with three others, see below].
London: Printed and sold by the booksellers of London and Westminster, 1710. London: Printed and sold by the booksellers of London and Westminster,, 1710. Octavo (189 x 118 mm). Four works sewn together in one disbound volume, extracted from a larger pamphlet volume with remnants of original spine. Some light soiling, staining and browning, some worming with minor loss to text. Overall good copies. A sammelband collection, comprising Clement's pamphlet supporting the establishment of a non-partisan government, a response to Clement claiming to be the second part of his pamphlet, the anonymous counterblast Faults in the Fault-Finder, and Clement's defence of his treatise in A Vindication of the Faults on Both Sides. In the past Faults on Both Sides has been attributed to Robert Harley, but it is generally accepted that Simon Clement (c.1654-c.1730) was the author. However it does seem that Harley had some role in its publication, and it can be seen as election propaganda for the 1710 election with Harley being the implicit non-partisan choice. Joseph Trapp published a response arguing that the pamphlet was a conspiracy by the Whigs, who saw that their dominance was ending and were consequently urging for a coalition government to keep their power, which Clement responded to in A Vindication. At any rate, the number of editions which the pamphlet and its responses ran to shows the significance of the publication on the contemporary political scene. The four pamphlets together comprise: i) CLEMENT, Simon. Faults on Both Sides... the second edition. ESTC T35447. ii) (Anonym … [Click Below for Full Description]
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