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- Object: The British Antidote to Caledonian Poison
"The British Antidote to Caledonian Poison: Consisting of Twenty-five of the most humourous Satirical Political Prints, for the Year 1762..Second Edition" (Edinburgh and London) n.d. ; containing 25 political satires on the Earl of Bute and others, copied from prints published by Darly (see curator's comments). Together with letterpress table of contents from the first (?) edition published in Edinburgh by the pseudonymous Arthur McSarcasm, and letterpress text of the second edition with advertisement by E. Sumpter, "A perfect Description of the People and Country of Scotland by James Howel" and verses and epigrams by pseudonymous authors. All removed from original bindings and rebound or pasted in red cloth boards.
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Height: 162 millimetres (page size of 1762 letterpress)
Height: 177 millimetres (sheet size of pages to which the etchings are pasted)
Width: 100 millimetres
Width: 155 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- For comment on "British Antidote to Caledonian Poison", see F. G. Stephens' notes to BM Satires 3938 in "Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum". A variant copy, together with the supplementary "The Scots Scourge", is kept at 298*.b.6 (see 1859,0514.203 and 204).
3 of the prints listed in the first-edition table of contents are absent in this volume (i.e. 1. John a Boot's Asses; 4. Political Puzzle; 22. John Bull and Sister Peg) but others are included in their place, a change that is partially reflected in the table of contents in Sumpter's edition.
The satires in this volume are as follows (for fuller descriptions, see F. G. Stephens' catalogue):
1. Copy in reverse of BM Satires 3889, "The Triple Compact or Britanias ruin", showing Britannia seated at left on a rock among Scotch thistles, with Lord Bute, the Duc de Ninervois and a Spanish envoy conversing, and a Dutchman looking on from the right.
2. Reduced copy in reverse of BM Satires 3843, "The State Ballance or Political See-Saw", showing a see-saw in a landscape with Windsor Castle in the distance. The Duke of Cumberland is at the centre of the see-saw. At one end of the beam William Pitt and the Duke of Newcastle are falling, while at the lower end are the king and the Princess of Wales holding a huge jack boot suspended on a cord. The boot contains the Earl of Bute. With fallen Britannia at right, two scotchmen and other figures beneath the see-saw.
3. Reduced copy in reverse of BM Satires 3885, "A Wonderfull Sight or the Go-Cart", showing the Princess of Wales and Earl of Bute dragging the British Lion (George III) in a small car. The lion has an enormous jack boot on his head. Behind them figures on a balcony look on.
4. Copy of BM Satires 4078, "Multum in Parvo, or a New Card for a Scotch Courtier", showing several allegorical and grotesque figures assembled on clouds before the gaping jaws of a monster, like a Hell Mouth, emitting flames. The Princess of Wales is at the centre of the design as a sphinx-like she-goat.
5. Reduced copy in reverse of BM Satires 3965, "The Jack Boot kick'd Down or English Will Triumphant", with many speeches from the original version omitted.
6. Reduced copy in reverse of BM Satires 3922, "The Lyon Entranc'd", showing the British lion lying in stat, with Britannia and other figures in mourning.
7. Reduced copy in reverse of BM Satires 3989, "The Kitchen Metamorphos'd", a satire on Earl Talbot, Lord Steward of the Household. The dog is placed in the foreground.
8. An etching, repeating the design, not as a transparency, and on one plate only of BM Satires 3982, "The Favorite Boot or who'l take a peep" With the flag styled "Standard of Gisbal" and other altered inscriptions.
9. Reduced copy in reverse of BM Satires 3862, "The Laird of the Posts or the Exaltation of ye Bonnetts", with speeches differing from the original.
10. Reduced copy in reverse of BM Satires 3911, "The Loaded Boot or Scotch preferment in motion or Monsieur wil you ride", with some speeches differing from the original.
11. Copy in reverse of BM Satires 3949, "The Highest Post", with alternative verses below -- "See Britains Steward Turn'd Away / And Stuart Scot now bearing Sway"
12. Reduced copy in reverse with alterations of BM Satires 3950, "The Triple Post", with verses below: "See Fox & Goose and to Boot / May Tyburn always bear such Fruit"
13. Reduced copy in reverse with alterations of BM Satires 3890, "John Bull's house in flames".
14. Reduced copy in reverse of BM Satires 3899, "The Loaded Zebra or The Scotch Paperie Pedler", with alterations to the speeches.
15. BM Satires 3924, "The political cramers", a reduced copy in reverse of BM Satires 3923.
16. Reduced copy in reverse of BM Satires 3971, "The Butefyer a Touch on ye Times" (the original by Paul Sandby).
17. Reduced copy in reverse of BM Satires 3856, "The Caledonian Voyage to Moneyland", with speech bubbles omitted.
18. Reduced copy in reverse of BM Satires 3857, "The Caledonians Arrival in Moneyland", with speech bubbles omitted.
19. Copy in reverse of BM Satires 3981, "The Northern Dancing Master or Windsor Minuit for 1762", with alterations to the speeches.
20. BM Satires 3854, "The ---- Quack", a reduced copy of BM Satires 3853, "The Mountebank"
21. BM Satires 3861, "The Exaltation of the Boot", a reduced version of BM Satires 3860,"The Jack-Boot Exalted".
22. BM Satires 3906, "Sawney Mackensies Modest request [from] the Southerns", an adaptation in reverse from BM Satires 3904, "A Poor Man Loaded with Mischief"
23. Reduced copy in reverse of BM Satires 3912, "The Scotch Tent or True Contrast", with the figures in the tent visible without holding the print to the light (a device integral to the original).
24. Reduced copy in reverse of BM Satires 3859, "The Flying Machine from Edenburgh in One Day, perform'd by Moggy Mackenzie at ye Thistle and Crown".
25. Reduced copy in reverse of BM Satires 3977, "The Blockhead and Boot". In this copy the blockhead has been furnished with the features of Lord Bute.
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