London, Beaufort House, Strand: Published by Edward Dixon Pouchée, at the Office of "The English Gentleman". Whiting & Branston, Engravers and Printers to His Majesty for the Prevention of Forgery, 1825.
3 ff. printed on rectos only. 1 vols. Folio (17-3/4 x 13-3/8 inches). Printers to His Majesty for Prevention of Forgery. Sewn. In cream paper wrappers with richly embossed central gilt and red-printed panel surrounded by engraved panels in brown and blue. Fine. Not in OCLC. Item #230512
The elaborate covers provide a fine demonstration of mid-1820s printing by "Whiting & Branston, Engravers and Printers to His Majesty for the Prevention of Forgery", with the central panel printed in gilt, blue and red and embossed in repeating floral motifs and surrounded by two micro-engraved borders, the first with diagonal patterns printed in brown, and the outer border of circular elements and the Royal motto printed in blue.
The first internal leaf prints the finely engraved title of The Protestant Song above a page of five staves of music and the first stanza of the song, beginning "Thanks Royal York ..." within the same blue border, the second leaf of text contains the second and third stanzas (including an anti-Jesuit lyric), while the final leaf of text prints a speech of the Duke of York before the House of Lords on 25 April 1825 "Against further Concession to the Roman Catholics". Produced during the height of opposition to Catholic Emancipation (eventually made law in 1829).
E.D. Pouchée was publisher of the journals 'The English Gentleman' (1824-1827), briefly succeeded by 'The Nimrod Sporting Herald'; and the short-lived 'Royal York'.
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