THE PITTIAD: a Satire... By Doll Common [pseud.]. by PITTIAD.

‘EITHER READ IT OR SING IT’

~ THE PITTIAD: a Satire... By Doll Common [pseud.]. London: Printed for R. Mariner... 1759.

4to (230 × 186 mm), pp. 16; light stain to the fore-margin; recent boards.

First edition of a rare satire on Pitt and his government, written ‘in such a Measure [dactylic tetrameter] that the Purchaser may either read it or sing it... to Tunes well known throughout the Kingdom’. In the words of the Critical Review: ‘This matchless piece appears to be the effusion of a mad quack-doctor’. ESTC locates 7 copies only (BL, Cambridge, Bodley, Rylands, Cornell, Harvard, Lilly). There was also another printing, for Hooper (Harvard only).

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