SHAKESPEARE AS SATIRE
KING OMEGA’S Vision; a midsummer Night’s Dream in 1831 … London: Roake and Varty … 1831.
  
Small 8vo (182 × 111 mm), pp. [2], 11, [2]; some unobtrusive spotting to first page; uncut; disbound.
First edition. Advertised in The Morning Post alongside such titles as Reform Deformed, a Tragedy in Three Acts and The Whig Conspiracy, or a Handle to a Broom (6 Feb. 1832), this anonymously published work, presented as a play, satirizes the Reform Bill with glee: ‘See how Anarchy, Confusion,/Pursue Reforming Revolution--- / This is the Traitor’s retribution. / Madness provokes the mob misled, / To think the hungry should be fed, / The naked clothed—amid the storm / Awoke by thy false voice---Reform! / [The King falls into a swoon.]’ (p. 6). The final page carries a spoof advertisement for ‘A Tragedy of Errors, as represented … not far from the King’s Head, late the Crown and Sceptre. With an Epilogue addressed to the Mobility …’ (sic).
£150   
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