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CIBBER, Colley (1671--1757)
The secret history of Arlus and Odolphus, ministers of state to the Empress of Grandinsula. In which are discover'd the labour'd artifices formerly us'd for the removal of Arlus, and the true causes of his late restoration, upon the dismission of Odolphus and the Quinquinvirate. Humbly offer'd to those good people of Grandinsula, who have not yet done wond'ring, why that Princess wou'd change so notable a ministry.
London: 1710.
30 p. ; 15.3 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. By Colley Cibber (see NCBEL, v.2, 778). Also sometimes ascribed to Daniel Defoe, or to Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford. 'Arlus' is Harley; 'Odolphus' is Sidney Godolphin, Earl of Godolphin. A political pamphlet written by the leading actor, writer and theatre manager Colley Cibber, who was a public supporter of the Whigs and the Hanoverian succession. Page 13 misnumbered as 31. ESTC t47390.

Copy Notes Pencil inscriptions on the title-page identifying Harley, Godolphin; also footnote marginalia passim giving identifications. Bound (3) in a collection of eleven political tracts by or associated with Defoe, dated between 1710 and 1717. Part of a uniformly bound 48-volume set of works by or attributed to Defoe which on the evidence of endleaves variously watermarked '1814', '1808', etc. was presumably assembled around 1810--15.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-tooled spine direct-lettered in gilt 'Defoe's Works' and 'Miscellanies'. Cased (18.8 cm) to match the set.

Reference Number 817


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