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Item # 685364

July 20, 1734

THE COUNTRY JOURNAL: OR THE CRAFTSMAN, London, July 20, 1734  

* Rare 18th century publication

This was the leading anti-Walpole political journal of its time: Thomas Lockwood describes it as "the most successful political journal of the first half of the eighteenth century...". 
The stated purpose of the newspaper was to expose political craft--hence the title--but the overriding purpose was to unseat Robert Walpole as Chancellor, or as the new term of abuse called him, "Prime Minister".
Various news reports of the day including details of various crimes, deaths, etc.
Four pages, 10 1/4 by 14 1/2 inches, minor paper-making flaw at the blank margin of the back leaf does not affect any text, red tax stamp on page 3, very nice condition.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's