The North Briton [– the third Volume of the North Briton].

Dublin, [s.n.,] 1764 [– 1765].

3 vols, 12mo; a few leaves toned, occasional light dust-staining, lower corner of vol. II, D11-12 torn but present; contemporary speckled calf, spines gilt in compartments with gilt morocco lettering-pieces (absent), numbered directly in gilt, boar-edges roll-tooled in gilt, sewn on 3 sunken cords; rubbed and bumped, end-caps and –bands lost, joints split; engraved armorial bookplate of John Smith to upper pastedowns.

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Fourth Dublin edition, printed the year after the first, of Wilkes’s satirical periodical. Established in June 1762 to criticise the government of George III’s new Prime Minister, Lord Bute (for whom the work is named), the North Briton had soon reached a circulation of almost two thousand. The present edition contains in its first two volumes the original series of forty-four issues, published each week throughout Bute’s short ministry, and in the third a collection of related texts including number 46, published in November 1763.

The famous number 45, published three weeks after the end of the first series, is not reprinted: its criticism of Bute’s successor, Grenville, was deemed to be seditious libel and led to the arrest and prosecution of Wilkes.

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