A Postscript to John Bull Sammelband

A Postscript to John Bull Sammelband


A Postscript to John Bull Sammelband

By John Arbuthnot

Printed In London For J. Moor

The Volume is in Very Good Condition Disbound, with generally clean, well margined leaves, with some mild toning throughout, as well as marginal notations, some untrimmed lower margins, and some small occasional stains otherwise.
The Volume is Complete A variety of scarce editions, with each title corresponding to an ESTC entry as Follows:

  • Postscript: N12226.
  • Continuation: N30897. A particularly scarce edition, with only four copies in institutions
  • Farther Continuation: N8030.
  • Fourth and Last Part: No Corresponding entry, with the full publication information from the second edition, but lacking the specific imprint, possibly a later issue of the first edition.
  • Appendix: T22325.

See below for pagination & dimensions.

Title - Postscript to John Bull

Of John Arbuuthnot

John Arbuthnot was a notable physician and writer, famed primarily for his invention of the character of ‘John Bull’ as a caricature of the british nation, and for his prominent membership in the scriblerus club along with Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope.

The Character of John Bull came about in his pamphlets calling for an end to the war of spanish succession, in a series including ‘Law is a Bottomless Pit’, wherein Bull sues Louis Baboon (Louis XIV Bourbon) more to the benefit his lawyer, Humphrey Hocus (The Duke of Marlborough.) the character would outlive Arbuthnot considerably, eventually dressed in a union-jack waistcoat and top hat for propaganda for and about Britain in both world wars.

Arbuthnot obtained his living as a physician, trained largely informally, and went to London in 1691, where he is supposed to have supported himself by teaching mathematics, and later became the private tutor of one Edward Jeffreys, son of Jeffrey Jeffreys, an MP. He remained Jeffreys’s tutor when the latter attended University College, Oxford in 1694, and he there met the variety of scholars then teaching mathematics and medicine, including Dr John Radcliffe, Isaac Newton, and Samuel Pepys. However, Arbuthnot lacked the money to be a full-time student and was already well educated, although informally. He went to the University of St Andrews and enrolled as a doctoral student in medicine on 11 September 1696. The very same day he defended seven theses on medicine and was awarded the doctorate. At Epsom when William of Denmark (Husband to Queen Anne) fell ill, his treatment earned him an invitation to court. It was from this position of influence where he supported Tory policies and advocated the positions of the scriblerus club’s members. When Anne died, she had no will. Consequently, all her servants were left without positions and entirely at the mercy of the next administration — an administration that was chosen by the enemies of Arbuthnot and the other Scriblerans. When George I came to the throne, Arbuthnot lost all of his royal appointments and houses, but he still had a vigorous medical practice. He lived at “the second door from the left in Dover Street” in Piccadilly. The History of the Crown-Inn is a lament of the treatment of himself and the other dependents of Queen Anne after the Hannoverian succession. Anne is the Widow, recently deceased, and the New Management simply turns out all former employees in favour of their own.

Pagination & Dimensions

The volume is paginated as follows: [2]-19, [1], [2]-19, [1], [2]-20, [2]-19, [1], [2]-20. The volume collates as follows: A-B4, C2,[A]-B4, C2, A-B4, C2, A-B4, C2, A-B4, C2. Each leaf measures about 185 mm. By 120 mm.

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