Title Observations, &c.; A Letter to Lord John Russell on Reform in Parliament; The Revolution of Thirty-One; The King can do no Wrong
Book Condition Very Good Minus
Edition First Edition Thus
Size 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
Publisher London, England C. J. G. and F. Rivington 1831
Seller ID 007304
Between 1831 and 1832 three different sets of bills aimed at reforming the English representative system were considered by Parliament. Offered here is a group of four pamphlets, handsomely bound in one volume, in opposition to the reform movement. First edition thus. Printed variously by Gilbert and Rivington, W. Clowes, and Maurice and Co, London. Contemporary half-leather binding in medium brown polished calf, with crisp gilt-stamped rules to the hubbed spine, the spine with a green morocco title label. Tiny amount of chipping to the spine head, unbumped tail, and with rather sharp if lightly abraded corners. The hardboards in marbled brown paper with scuffing front and back. In the main a clean and presentable binding. Hinges feel strong and text block firmly bound in. 8.5 x 5.25 inches. With dark brown paper pastedowns and FEPs. ]1], 80, 46, 36, 16 and  numbered pages. The first blank FEP with the blindstamp of Castle Newe, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Handsome 20th century B&W bookplate of the American character actor Edward Everett Horton to the front pastedown. Observations, &c., with contemporary inscription at top "Written by Mr. Croker 1831." This is perhaps conservative politician John Wilson Croker, opponent of reform. Letter to Lord John Russell inscribed "From the Author" at top of title-page (slightly shaved). Professional repair to horizontal tear at pp. 79-80, and pp. 14-15 of The King with a small amount of underlining and marginal wavy lines in black ink. Else a very clean copy and still rather tight. A Very Good Minus copy. Extremely scarce in any condition. "The Representation of the People Act 1832 was an Act of Parliament which introduced wide-ranging changes to the electoral system of England and Wales. There had been calls for reform long before 1832, but without success. The Act which finally succeeded was proposed by the Whigs, led by the Prime Minister Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey. It met with significant opposition from the Pittite factions in Parliament which had long governed the country; opposition was especially pronounced in the House of Lords. Nevertheless the bill was eventually passed, mainly due to public pressure." The content of the essays might strike the modern reader as reactionary rhetoric imbued here and there with Jesuitical cleverness. The tone might variously appear paternalistic, pompous, tedious, hyperbolic or alarmist. Pretending to make an argument from reason, the essays for the most part put on display the umbrage of the powerful and privileged at the notion of ceding any of their electoral or franchise authority. Regarding the second essay, John Russell [b. 17 August 1792 d. 28 May 1878] was the third son of the sixth Duke of Bedford. On 1 March 1831, Lord John Russell brought forward the Reform Bill [first of three] in the House of Commons on the government's behalf.