THE BLOOD-HOUNDS, a political Tale. Inscribed to the Earl of…

~ THE BLOOD-HOUNDS, a political Tale. Inscribed to the Earl of Bute... London: Printed and sold by W. Griffin... 1763.

4to (254 × 200 mm) in half-sheets, pp. [3]–26 (collating as per ESTC); first and last pages a little dust-soiled, ms ink number (a shelfmark?) to title; disbound.

Sole edition, rare: ESTC locates 6 copies only (BL, Ickworth (NT), Harvard, New York Historical Society, Chicago, Cincinnati).

This is political satire in ballad form, aimed at the Earl of Bute, with the sycophantic ministers around the young George III cast as rapacious bloodhounds, each with its own particular character: ‘Amongst the First RATES first was seen / A Sea-dog, head of hte the marine; / In South-sea charts no scholar, / Yet wise enough to not let slip / A rich prize, Acapulco ship, / And pocket every dollar... Happy the clime! where Freedom reigns: / Whether on Florida’s parch’d plains, / Or (eight-months froze) Montreal! / Liberty! thy all-chearing beam / Makes fancied raptures real seem, / And horrors prove ideal’. Not in Sabin.

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