[Anti-Gladstone Broadside Relating to the First Boer War]. Selling Off! Retiring from Business!! Mr W.E. Gladstone Will Sell By Auction … The Whole of the Vast Landed Estates, Goods, Chattels and Effects of John Bull, Esq., Who is Retiring from Business on Account of Advancing Age and Ill-Health Etc. Etc. Exeter: H. Besley & Son, 1881. First Edition. Elephant Folio. Unbound. Broadside. Good. Single sided printed satirical broadside, approximately 265mm x 445mm in size.
Creased from old folds, one or two small splits along those folds, three small tears to edges closed to reverse, ‘April 1881’ in ink to head, lightly browned. The printer was presumably H.[enry] Besley of South Street, Exeter, who died in 1886 (see the BBTI).
Amusing satirical broadside attacking Gladstone’s foreign policy. On March 23rd, 1881 a peace treaty was signed, ending the First Boer War. This broadside, offering as Lot 1, Great Britain, “this Freehold Estate is comprised of the adjoining properties of England, Wales and Scotland, the first of which has been in the possession and occupation of the Vendor’s family for a lengthened period, and on it are situated the above-mentioned Family Mansion [Buckingham Palace] and Public House [Houses of Parliament]”. Lot 2 meanwhile comprises Ireland, “a fine Residential Property with bullet-proof Dwelling Houses … As the Vendor cannot disguise the fact that this is a bad lot, he will not enter into any covenant to indemnify the purchaser from loss arising from Boycotting or other sentences of the Land League Courts”, further lots include the colonies, all annotated with amusing comments, such as a reference to Arthur Orton, likely the Tichborne Claimant, in the Australasia lot and “all will be sold without reserve”.
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