Description[John Wilkes]. The North Briton, from No. I to No. XLVI. [bound with:] An Appendix to the First Forty Six Numbers of the North Briton. London: Printed for W. Bingley, 1769. Small folio. Contemporary half leather. Early rebacked spine. Very good.
This lot: [John Wilkes]. The North Briton, from No. I to No. XLVI. inclusive. With Several useful and explanatory Notes, Not printed in any former Edition. Corrected and Revised by A Friend to Civil and Religious Liberty. London: Printed for W. Bingley, 1769. [bound with:] An Appendix to the First Forty Six Numbers of the North Briton. London: Printed for W. Bingley, 1769. First collected edition. Small folio. Two parts in one volume, the two title pages and preliminaries to both parts bound at the beginning: , 1-20, 25-163, [4, Index], i-cxii (Appendix), pages.
Contemporary half leather over marbled paper boards. Gilt-stamped red leather labels to smooth spine, rebacked. Edges worn. Leather corners partially perished, boards rubbed with paper loss to rear board. Hinges starting. A few leaves with small holes in the fore-edge margin. With ink presentation inscription and Philosophical Society of London rubber stamp to title page. Binding still quite sturdy. Overall very good condition.
Originally issued with Nos. XLVII-C, and, later in a second volume, Nos. CI-CXCIX, not included here.
Notorious publication in which John Wilkes, publisher and Member of Parliament, attacked and satirized the crown and the government, resulting in Wilkes' arrest. The text of the suppressed No. XLV, in which he called George III a liar, is included here.
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