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THE EXTRAORDINARY RED BOOK ...
[Extraordinary red book. 3rd edition. 1819]
The extraordinary red book, containing a list of all places, pensions, and sinecures, with the various salaries and emoluments arising therefrom; the expenditure of the Civil List up to 1818; a list of commissaries and other persons indebted to the public, with a complete view of the finance and debt of Great Britain; also Magna Charta, Bill of Rights, Act of Settlement, and Habeas Corpus Act; with a variety of official documents never before published: among which is an account of the application of Admiralty droits, from 1793 to February, 1818; together with a correct list of the new Parliament, the names of the counties, towns, and boroughs from whence returned, the number of voters in each, by whom influenced, &c. The whole comprising the strongest body of evidence to prove the necessity of retrenchment that can possibly be laid before the nation. By a commoner.
London: published by J. Johnston, and W. Clarke, (successor to J. Blacklock) and sold by all booksellers, 1819.
xxiv, 156, [2], *225--228*, [1], 158--225, [1] p. ; 19.0 cm. (12º in 6s)

Imprint of 'W. Flint, Printer, Old Bailey, London' on verso of title-page. First published in 1816 and sometimes attributed to R.J. Richardson. The title echoes Pierre-Franc M'Callum's Le livre rouge, or, a new and extraordinary red-book which went through several editions in 1810, and itself looked back to the notorious Livre rouge circulated during the French Revolution to discredit the monarchy. (See Kevin Gilmartin, Print politics: the press and radical opposition in early nineteenth-century England, Cambridge 1996, pp. 148--9.) With an unpaginated leaf of changes in the law appointments inserted after p. 156, followed by two appendix leaves signed *2, and publisher's advertisements on final page. Goldsmiths'-Kress no. 22521.18.

Copy Notes Largely unopened.

Binding C19th publisher's red paper boards, printed yellow paper spine-label reading 'A List Of Places, Pensions, Sinecures, &c. Price 8s. Third Edition.'.

Reference Number 158


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