Political pamphlet "The Political House that Jack Built" consisting of 24 pages with 13 wood-engraved illustrations including the vignette on the title page.
Lettering on the title page reads "The Political House that Jack Built: A straw thrown up to show which way the wind blows with thirteen cuts / [vignette, see below] / The Pen and the Sword, Sixth Edition, London: Printed by and For William Hone, Ludgate Hill, 1819, One Shilling." 1819.
The text is a defence of civil liberties and an indictment of the Peterloo massacre and more generally of the political establishment. It takes the form of a children's nursery rhyme interspersed with quotations in a smaller text and woodcut illustrations. The significance of the illustration is often inscribed nearby in the text in bold capital letters and can be understood as its title.
1. Title page vignette [BM Satires 13292] Wellington standing by a pair of scales, throwing his sword into a scale heaped with three large document… (See Merlin record for full description)
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