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Satirical pamphlet of 16 pages entitled:
"Buonapartephobia. The Origin of Dr. Slop's Name."
Beneath the title, a quotation appears in smaller lettering.
"I have conferred on him a glorious Immortality
With his name the mothers still their babes! K. Henry VI"
The frontispiece is illustrated with a wood engraved portrait of Napoleon described as:
"David's portrait of Napoleon, as he now appears. See page 6 note."
The lettering below the portrait reads:
"Printed for and by William Hone, 45, Ludgate Hill, 1820. One Shilling."
The remainder of the pamphlet is not illustrated. The text opens with a preface by William Hone dated 27th November 1820 which explains that this publication is a reprint of a broadsheet published in 1815 "Buonaparte-phobia or Cursing Made Easy" (see 1866,0407.987) which satirised the excessive language of Sir John Stoddart's articles for "The Times" and, Hone claims, coined his satirical nickname "Dr Slop." The Preface states:
"In my dedication of the "Political House that Jack Built" to DOCTOR SLOP and his sapient admirers, I have stated that he is indebted to me for his name. This is true. The little piece, in which I conferred upon him that enviable and lasting distinction is entitled "BUONAPARTE-PHOBIA, or Cursing made Easy to the meanest Capacity". I wrote and published it on an open sheet in the summer of 1815, to explose the impious and profane curses he then lavished, in The Times' Journal, upon Buonaparte, on his return from Elba. The exposure was so effectual, that the Doctor was in a few days dismissed from the paper."
Letterpress pamphlet with wood engraved illustration, 1820
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Height: 222 millimetres (Approx page size)
Width: 138 millimetres (Approx page width)
- Curator's comments
- Bound as part of "Political Tracts Volume 1." A compilation of satirical and political pamphlets published circa 1819-1822, one of 10 volumes.
The footnote on page 6 of the pamphlet states: "The portrait of the title page of this Edition was printed on the former open-sheet Editions immediately under the above words. It is engraved from a painting of NAPOLEON by the celebrated David, and is a striking likeness of him as he appeared just after his return from Elba. The Print was corrected from the original Portrait when it was brought over to this country, for a short time, just after the battle of Waterloo."In the satirical pamphlet, it is the a printed version of the portrait that incites "Doctor Slop" to launch into a tirade against Napoleon.
(Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949) Stoddart's intemperate attacks on Napoleon in 'The Times' in 1815 were disliked in political and literary circles, as undignified and un-English. See 'History of The Times', 1935, p. 158. Cf. No. 12553. A pamphlet on the same theme was published by Hone in 1822.
For the 1815 broadside version of this satire, see "Bonaparte and the British" (exhibition catalogue, British Museum 2015).
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- £118 15s 6d for the Maskelyne collection of Cruikshank, 1865,1111.379 to 3125
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