The Black Book; or, Corruption Unmasked!.
London, John Fairburn, 1820, First Edition. No Binding, Dustjacket: No Jacket. Size: 8vo. Sub-title: "Being an account of places, pensions, and sinecures, the revenues of the clergy and landed aristocracy; the salaries and emoluments in courts of justice and the police department; the expenditure of the Civil List; the amount and application of the droits of the crown and admiralty; the robbery of charitable foundations; the profits of the Bank of England, arising from the issue of its notes, balances of public money, management of the borough debt, and other sources of emolument; the debt, revenue, and influence of the East-India company; the state of the finances, debt, and sinking-fund....... The whole forming a complete exposition of the cost, influence, patronage, and corruption of the Borough Government". Previous owner's name to front paste down, "Loftus Grey" (Grey is my best guess), "Rifle Brigade".A Loftus Grey is listed as Lieutenant-Governor of Pendennis Castle, 1832–1835. Condition: Front board detached, as are front free end paper and title page. Both boards very worn, spine strip cracked along its length with considerable loss of the surface layer. Some spotting, especially to earliest pages. Uncut (untrimmed) page edges age-darkened. Fair.
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Keywords: Black Book, reform, Loftus Grey, Pendennis Castle