The Senators: or, a candid Examination into the Merits of…

~ The Senators: or, a candid Examination into the Merits of the principal Performers of St. Stephen’s Chapel. London: Printed for G. Kearsly. 1772.

4to (245 × 194 mm), pp. [4], 36, including half-title; fine engraved vignette to title, typographical ornaments; half-title and verso of final leaf slightly soiled, the former with early inscription ‘J.R.’; modern boards.

First edition, with at least 5 more editions of the same year, of this satire on the House of Commons. The title vignette depicts Oliver Cromwell supporting the much criticised Royal Marriage Bill while the Speaker of the House of Commons uses the rolled-up Bill of Rights and Magna Carta as a footstool. Beneath are lines from Thomas Otways’ Venice Preserv'd.

‘Thus our SENATORS cheat the deluded People with a shew / Of LIBERTY, which yet they ne’er must taste of; / Drive us like Wrecks down the rough Tide of Power, / Whilst no holds left to save us from destruction.’ Rothschild 786.

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