Place Published: London
Publisher: Printed for T. Astley, at the Rose in Pater-Noster-Row
Date Published: 
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
First edition. 8 x 4-3/4 inches. Twelve monthly issues, Jan.-Dec. 1745, plus volume title, appendix, indexes and a preface. Thick 5 x 8 inches; 18th-century calf and marbled boards, spines with raised bands, gilt-stamped year and leather spine label; iv + 657 +  pp.; with engraved title-page, 2 maps/plans, woodcut decorations, musical notation. Some rubbing to the boards and wear to the spine, front hinge cracked but board is secure; mild toning to the leaves, previous owners penciled signatures to the front paste-down and fly-leaves; otherwise clean and sound, firmly bound, good condition.
Notable features include:
Two full-page WOOD-ENGRAVED PLATES:
1) Plan of Cape Breton p.400 (this quite scarce map is referenced to Kershaw III, 866, plate 642)
2) Plan of Ostend p.394 An important volume for its extensive contemporary coverage of "THE FORTY-FIVE," the Jacobite uprising in Scotland led by the Young Pretender, Charles Edward Stuart, better known as BONNIE PRINCE CHARLIE. Related articles include:
* A complete Journal of Sir John Cope's Expedition; in a Letter from an Officer to his Friend ("My Part of the most disagreeable Campaign that I believe was ever made... is now unhappily at an End, by my being made Prisoner...")
* Proceedings of the Rebels in England and Scotland, and Motions of His Majesty's Forces in order to oppose them
* Account of Edinburgh Castle
* The dreadful Spirit of Popery and how necessary it is that all Protestant States should guard against it
* A Loyal Song, with a Chorus, to the Tune of Lillibulero ("O brother Sawney, hear you the news.../ An army's just coming without any shoes" etc.)
* The true Meaning of the Pretender's Claim, and how to be answer'd by every True Briton
* A satiric/sardonic letter to the king's hangman, "John [Jack] Ketch, Esq., at his Apartments in the Old-Baily," the author offering his services, "as you are likely to have more Business very soon than one Man can well turn his Hands to..."
* Almost daily accounts of the rebellion, the invasion of England, etc., in the Monthly Chronologer section
* Plus additional essays, letters, and coverage of parliamentary debates related to the uprising and the events leading up to it.
An uncommon GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL item: musical notation for an anti-Jacobite, patriotic "Song for the Gentlemen Volunteers of the City of London. Set to Musick by Mr. Handel"
Observations in several Voyages and Travels in America (mostly related to GEORGIA, including A Description of Frederica and St. Simons Island, Savannah, and the Scottish settlement at New-Inverness or Darien)
Numerous articles related to the ongoing WAR OF THE AUSTRIAN SUCCESSION (Account of the Action near Tournay [the disastrous Battle of Fontenoy], with the Names of the General and other Officers, and Number of private Men and Horses that were killed, wounded and missing; A French Account of the Battle of Fontenoy;
* Plus such regular features as: Journal of the Proceedings and Debates in the Political Club [parliament]; Poetical Essays; Observations on the Stage; Foreign Affairs; Marriages and Deaths; Promotions and Bankrupts; etc., etc.
Good. Item #3252