London: R. Franklin, et al, 1730-31.
32, 31, [blank], 30, [ad, blank], 62 pp. 8vo. THE WAR BETWEEN BOLINGBROKE AND WALPOLE. A clean and bright copy in twentieth century paneled calf, green and red morocco labels to spine, slightly shelf-worn, some ink annotations throughout mostly concerning the authorship of each work. Item #302521
A sammelband of four pamphlets concerning Viscount Bolingbroke's efforts to undermine the Walpole administration. Having recently returned from exile and though allowed to purchase property, Walpole denied Bolingbroke from restoration of his political rights, wary that he would abuse them. He proved correct and soon Bolingbroke undertook a campaign to resume power.
A paper war commenced, and Bolingbroke's organ of choice was The Craftsman, "a journalistic venture which heralded the birth of a formidable opposition to Walpole and the beginnings of a propaganda campaign of sustained brilliance and of rare political sophistication. Edited by Nicholas Amhurst and printed by Richard Francklin, The Craftsman attracted contributions from Bolingbroke, Pulteney, and other leading thinkers and writers in the opposition camp ... During its period of greatest influence, from 1729 to 1732, at least 8000 copies of each issue were distributed and probably upwards of 12,000 copies in 1731 ... The Craftsman aroused such public interest and so embarrassed the ministry that Walpole spent large sums subsidizing a pro-ministerial press to reply to it (and to attack Bolingbroke and Pulteney in particular); and he had Francklin arrested on several occasions in an effort to silence it."
The accusations bled beyond the pages of serial publications into pamphlets such as these here with Baron John Hervey often writing in defense of the government:
1. [Bolingbroke, Viscount Henry St. John] A Final Answer to the Remarks on the Craftsman's Vindication... Second issue, reset from the first without the errata. London: R.Francklin, 1731.
2. [Hervey, John] Observations on the Writings of the Craftsman. First edition. London: J. Roberts in Warwick-Lane, 1730.
3. An Answer To a late Pamphlet Intitled, Observations on the writings of the Craftsman. First edition. London: R. Francklin, 1731.
4. Remarks on the craftsman's Vindication of his Two Honble Patrons... Fifth edition. With half-title. London: J. Peele, 1731.
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