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Political Pamphlet of 32 pages without illustrations on the Queen Caroline affair entitled:
"The Chronicle of Abomilech: King of the Isles, Translated from a Latin Manuscript written in the year 1220.
By William of Salisbury.
Lettered below the title and author's name with a quotation and the publisher's line:
"London: Published by T. Dolby, 299, Strand, 30, Holywell Street, and 34 Wardour Street, Soho. 1820. Price One Shilling." On verso:
"W. Molineux, Printer, 5 Bream's Buildings, Chancery Lane."
The pamphlet pastiches the vulgate translation of the Bible using the character "Abomilech" to satirise the Prince Regent (later George IV) and his treatment of Queen Caroline. The preface claims:
"The following pages are a translation from a Latin manuscript which by accident fell into the hands of the Editor a few months ago. The manuscript bears the name of William of Salisbury, who was probably a monk, or a person attached to the scholastic establishment of his day."
"The story was composed for the purpose of recording the improper conduct of some king of the Author's own time. Late events, however, it was conceived might render it interesting to the readers of the present day."
"Here the manuscript ends abruptly. The Translator has not been able to discover the fate of the unfortunate Queen of that of her cruel, vindictive husband."
The back of the pamphlet carries the advertisement "See catalogue of new and Interesting Works, Published by Thomas Dolby, Hereto attached." although the catalogue has not been retained with the pamphlet.
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Height: 213 millimetres (Approximate page size)
Width: 135 millimetres (Approximate page width)
- Curator's comments
- As the pamphlet is not illustrated, it is not listed in M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952.
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.
The pamphlet is evidently a parody of an early religious text used to critique the Prince Regent/ George IV in thinly veiled terms.The preface emphasizes that the intention is not to satirise the Bible. This caution on the part of the author would have been urged by the trials for blasphemy of the publisher William Hone. The charges pertained to three of his publications which parodied religious texts. Hone was aquitted on the defence that he was using religious forms only as a means of satire rather than attacking Christian beliefs or texts.
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