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Satirical pamphlet of 16 pages entitled: "Satan's Bank Note" with a single illustration, the frontispiece.
The verse satire concerns ('inter alia') executions for forgery and the passing of forged notes.The frontispiece, BM Satires 14026, represents the Devil, seated on the cross-bar of a long gallows to which five men (forgers) with caps over their faces are already attached though they still stand on the ground, manipulates ropes tied round the necks of Castlereagh and Sidmouth. The former (left) stands on a step-ladder, as hangman of the five victims; the latter, dressed as a parson, stands below, preaching to them. Sidmouth tramples on papers inscribed 'Do Justice Love Mercy' and 'Do No Murder.'
The composition of the frontispiece illustration echoes George Cruikshank's satire on the same subject "Bank Restriction Note" of 1819. See BM Satires 13198, 1978,U.955.
Lettered below the image: "London, Published by J. Turner, 170, Aldersgate Street, Six pence.
The back page carries an advertisement for pamphlets "Lately published by J. Turner" and advertises a forthcoming, related publication:
"In the Press. The Bank of Hangland. Embellished with a series of Wood Engravings. Price one Shilling."
c. December 1820
Wood-engraving, vignette on titlepage to a letterpress pamphlet
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Height: 215 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 141 millimetres (approx. page size)
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- Bound as part of "Political Tracts Volume 4" a compilation of political pamphlets published circa 1819-1822, number 4 of 10 volumes.
(Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, "Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum", X, 1952)
BM Satires Nos. 14020, 14024, 14025 (and other tracts) are advertised on the final page.
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Associated Title: Satan's bank note.
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