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Satirical pamphlet of 32 pages on George IV's plans to visit Ireland in 1821, entitled: "The Road to Ruin; or An Historical Account of the Doleful Termination of Two Royal Visits to Ireland!!! With Interesting Remarks, Notes, and Annotations."
Lettered below the title with the motto:
"Quem Deus Vult Perdere, Prius Dementat."
With the translation below the illustration:
"Whom God intends to destroy, he first makes mad."
With the publisher's line:
"London: Printed and Published by Benbow 9, Castle Street, Leicester Square, 1821."
The frontispiece is a copy of the third illustration in the pamphlet entitled:
"King Richard murdered in Ponfret Castle- See Rapin."
The figure of King Richard II bears strong resemblance to George IV in costume and appearance.
The pamphlet contains the following wood-engraved illustrations:
"The Embarkation of Richard II. With his Ministers and Courtiers for Ireland- See Rapin." p.10
"The Return of King Richard from Ireland" p.13
"King Richard Murdered in Ponfret Castle" p16
"The Image of wax which is said to have warned King Richard of his End." p.17
The pamphlet uses historical precedents to refer to George IV's unpopularity. Its satirical dedication, "To the King's most Excellent Majesty" states:
"If it be notorious that your Majesty has a disloyal subject in your English dominions, the example of Richard the Second may be worthy of a minute's reflection, on the danger of leaving and Kingdon full of malcontents. He went to Ireland a King- he returned to be....!!! -History relates the sequel. King James the Second went to Ireland -he was said to have abdicated, but that vacancy led to the succession of your illustrious House, and the the expenditure of an immensity of blood and treasure, to support and retain that most joyful occurrence."
Woodcut illustrations on letterpress pamphlet
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Height: 212 millimetres (Approx page size)
Width: 137 millimetres (Approximate page width)
- Curator's comments
- The pamphlet's dedication is dated, September 12th 1821, shortly after the death of Queen Caroline on 7th August 1821.
The anonymous author is named only as "An Englishman."
Bound as part of "Political Tracts Volume 2," number 2 of 10 volumes of “Political Tracts” A compilation of satirical and political pamphlets published circa 1819-1822. The contents of this volume mainly concern the Queen Caroline affair and satirise the Prince Regent, subsequently George IV, his court and ministers.
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