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HONE, William
Complete With Rare "Matrimonial Ladder" Toy
HONE, William. The Queen's Matrimonial Ladder, A National Toy, With Fourteen Step Scenes: And Illustrations In Verse, With Eighteen Other Cuts.By The Author Of "The Political House That Jack Built". 25th Edition, London. Printed By And For William Hone, Ludgate-Hill. 1820.The Pamphlet And The Toy Together One Shilling.Pp24 including cover wraps and last two pages advertisements. Approx 22cm x 13.5cm. Fore edges unevenly trimmed, some staining and dustiness, the odd corner folded and lacking, recently resewn. With the very uncommon ladder "toy", folding printed pasteboard approx 15.1 cm x 6.3 cm, which matches the progress of Caroline of Brunswick's unhappy marriage to King George IV. The "steps" of the marriage ladder according to Hone were ; Qualification, Declaration, Acceptation, Alteration, Imputation, Exculpation, Emigration, Remigration,Consternation, Accusation, Publication, Indignation,Coronation, and finally Degradation. The pamphlet is a little worn as usual, the ladder in Very Good plus condition. A previous owner has added ink names under the illustrations on pp 4 & 5. This is a wonderfully scurrilous pamphlet, describing a scandalous episode in British constitutional history which created a huge furore at the time, with great public support for Caroline's cause. This is not an uncommon pamphlet, but the accompanying ladder is very hard to find in any condition.
Bookseller: John Underwood Antiquarian Books [UK]
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