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The Spirit of Despotism

By Vicesimus Knox; edited by William Hone

1821 - London - William Hone

8.5" by 5", 94pp.

 

 


 
 

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A controversial political pamphlet that was suppressed upon its original publication in 1795.

Seventh edition.

Adorned with a beautifully engraved vignette to the title page, illustrated by George Cruikshank. 

 For Knox, Britain's readiness to fight was evidence of its corruption and of the prevailing spirit of despotism, a phrase which served as the title of his most polemical and best-known study in political science. The study, which defended the early revolution and its British supporters like Charles James Fox, was published in London in 1795. However, with the French government becoming increasingly tyrannous, Knox soon after attempted to recall the work and thereafter refused publication until an anonymous edition appeared in 1821.

CONDITION

Rebound in moire cloth binding. Externally, lightly rubbed with some wear to the spine and extremities. Front joint is tender. Internally, firmly bound and mostly bright. Scattered foxing throughout. Overall: GOOD

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