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Junius [pseud.].  The letters of Junius. London: John Sharpe, 1820. 24mo (13.3 cm; 5.25"). 2 vols. I: Engr. t.-p., [1], iv–xviii, [1], 20–203, [1] pp. II: Engr. t.-p., [1], 4–212 pp.
$150.00

A timely reprint — one of five in 1820!! — of the scathing invective aimed at the Duke of Grafton, his ministry, and the government of George III in general, delivered with flair and some degree of wit. Anonymously published, the Junius letters were originally printed from 1769 through 1772 and have been convincingly although never with finality attributed to Sir Philip Francis. They discuss => the historical/constitutional rights and liberties of Englishmen and => point to where the government infringes upon them, an appropriate topic for a year of political unrest whose first four months included the major events of the Cato Street Conspiracy, the ascension of George IV following the death of George III and election of his first parliament, and the Radical War in Scotland.
        This edition comes with => two engraved title-pages, one for each volume: the first showing an officer whose identity is covered by a curtain by G. Murray after H. Corbould, and the second showing a landscape with a pike topped with a Phrygian cap, sword, and shield alongside the Bill of Rights and Magna Carta by J. Pye after "R.W."
        As noted above, Sharpe was not the only printer to think of producing a new Junius in 1820 — Bumpus, Rivington, Davison, and Hancock also produced editions.
        Binding: Red straight-grain morocco, each spine gilt extra, covers framed in gilt floral rolls, all edges gilt.

Bound as above, three boards reattached using the long-fiber method; overall lightly rubbed and stained, spines a bit sunned with leather chipping at one tip, light pencilling on endpapers. Title-page engravings lightly foxed, two leaves with small marginal stain and a number with creasing across corners, light age-toning. => A neat, attractive little set of this political classic.  (37228)   Please RESHELVE This.


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