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Political Pamphlet of 18 pages (numbered pages 3-16) on the Cato Street Conspiracy entitled: "The radicals unmasked and outwitted; or the thistle uprooted in Cato-field."
Lettered beneath the title: "With an engraving of the Radical Parliament."
The vignette illustration on the titlepage, BM Satires 13712, represents Sidmouth (left) and Castlereagh (right) prepare to dig up a giant thistle (Thistlewood). A military officer slashes at it with a sabre; a soldier raises a pickaxe. Three constables stand behind.
With the publisher's details beneath the image:
"London: Printed by R. Gray, 7, Wine Office Court, Fleet Street. Published by G. Greenland, 3, Finsbury Place; And sold by Chappell, Pall Mall; and Simpkin and Marshal, Stationer's Court.
The coloured aquatint frontispiece illustration; "Radical Parliament", BM Satires 13711, bound opposite the title page represents Thistlewood brandishing his sword, addressing the Cato Street Conspirators. The conspirators, with pikes, pistols or muskets, sit or stand at a long table on which are lighted candles, listening intently and preparing their weapons. He holds up a paper: "Plan for Assinating [sic] his Majesties Ministers." Behind him appear the head and shoulders of a Bow Street officer (Smithers) holding his constable's staff, who is ascending the ladder from the stable below."
Page 16 carries an advertisement for the shortly to be published: "Radical Campaign from the Fields of Spa and Peterloo to the Dissolution of the Radical Parliament." with the printer's details at the foot to the page: "Printed by R. Gray, 7 Wine office court, Fleet-Street."
c. April 1820
Wood-engraving, vignette title-page illustration and aquatint frontispiece illustration to a letterpress pamphlet
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Height: 134 millimetres (Approx page height aquatint illustration)
Height: 219 millimetres (approx. page size pamphlet)
Width: 219 millimetres (Approx page width aquatint illustration)
Width: 134 millimetres (approx. page size pamphlet)
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
A detachment of Guards led by Captain Fitzclarence arrived in Cato Street after the murder of Smithers, see No. 13707. The soldiers symbolize the defenders of order, as in No. 13684. See No. 13711.
Bound as part of "Political Tracts Volume 6”. Number 6 of 10 volumes of "Political Tracts" Published circa 1819-1822.The pro-government and anti-"radical" tone of this volume’s content contrasts with the pamphlets in the earlier volumes which often satirise George IV, his court and his ministers.
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Associated Title: The radicals outmasked and outwitted
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