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SCRUTATOR SALOPIENSIS
The black bridge, or, marmorean wonder: proving the Chinese to be the ablest architects in the world: that is, with the proviso that the tale of a stupendous bridge, as recorded by Uvedale Price, Esq. ... be entitled to the least credit, from those who possess common sense, and mathematical knowledge. By Scrutator, Salopiensis.
London: sold, for the author, at 22, Duke's-Court, near Charing-Cross; and by such booksellers as take copies, and pay for them. No allowance to the trade on single copies, 1812.
[9], vi--xvi, 40 p. ; 22.5 cm. (8°)

'Scrutator, Salopiensis' is a pseudonym. The author's identity is unknown and no other copies of this work have been traced. With a half-title reading: 'Pont-Noir, Or, The Devil's Bridge: Shewing, That It Is Not in Cardiganshire, But In China. With a Preface freely written, Concerning Authors, Booksellers, Editors, Declaiming Tavern Orators, Professing Patriots; And The Liberty Of The Press. The Object of this Pamphlet is to produce Laughter, and convey Instruction, by the Combination of Ridicule and Truth. Price One Shilling.' The 4-page dedication (clearly made without permission) to 'John Soame [sic], Esq. Royal Academician, And Lecturer On Architecture' was an afterthought added by the author as a result of Soane having ill-advisedly spoken of 'bridges in China four miles long' in his sixth Royal Academy lecture, which was first delivered on 16 January 1812. Page [38] contains an advertisement for a work 'Just published, by the Author of Pont-Noir. Price only 6d. Strong Admonitions To The Several Citizens Of London And Westminster; Wherein Are Suggested Means Of Security Against Fire, Thieves, Murderers, and Prostitutes, By A Better Regulated System Of Parochial Police; And Without One Farthing Additional Expence. By A Reflecting Stranger. ...'.

Copy Notes Bound in a volume of miscellaneous pamphlets.

Binding C19th blue paper boards, brown paper spine lettered in ink 'Miscel-/Laneous// Fulchers/ Hints// Pont-Noir// On Brick/ Bond &c./ B[?]'. Later numbered '90' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 4270


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