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A Political and Satirical History of the Years 1756 and 1757. In a series of seventy-five humorous and entertaining prints. Containing all the most remarkable transactions, characters and caricatures of those two remarkable years. To which is annexed an explanatory account or key to every print, which renders the whole full and significant
London: printed for E. Morris, 1757. 12mo. (5 1/8 x 3 3/4 inches). 75 etched plates. Early 20th-century brown morocco, bound for Brentano's, covers with gilt double fillet border, spine gilt in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and fourth, the other compartments with repeat decoration in gilt, gilt turn-ins, g.e. Very rare and early collection of political caricatures covering a pivotal period in the history of Great Britain and the Americas. This fascinating selection reprints a series which recalls events at the start of what became the French and Indian war, particularly Henry Fox and William Pitt's struggle for power in late 1756. Abroad, the year had been a disastrous one for Great Britain with the loss of Minorca; the defeat of General Braddock at Fort Duquesne, the capture of Calcutta, and the horrors of the Black Hole, and it became clear that the armed forces were ill-prepared for war with France. By the end of 1757 the government had adopted the measures that were to lead eventually to the establishment of Britain as the dominant power in both India and the Americas.
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