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The Secret History of Arlus and Odolphus [8] (1710).

The Secret History of Arlus and Odolphus [8] (1710).

The Secret| HISTORY| OF| Arlus and Odolphus,| Ministers of State to the| Empress of Grandinsula.| In which are discover'd the Labour'd| Artifices formerly us'd for the Remo-|val of ARLUS, and the true Causes| of his late Restoration, upon the| Dismission of ODOLPHUS and| the QUINQUINVIRATE.| Humbly offer'd to those Good People of| GRANDINSULA, who have not yet| done wond'ring, why that PRINCESS| wou'd Change so Notable a Ministry.| [rule]| In nova fert animus mutatas dicere Formas| Corpora -----| [rule]| Printed in the Year MDCCX.

Description

Short title with price/ titlepage/ p.[3-4] preface/ p.5-37/ 1 p. blank/ 8.

Shelf-markslink

*{L: T.1747.(5)} {L: 101.c.52} *{L: E.1984.(1)}.

Bibliographical reference

ESTC: t047387.

Price

6 d.

Author

ESTC: Colley Cibber (1671-1757).

History of publication

Cf. Secret Memoirs and Manners of Several Persons of Quality, of both Sexes from the New Atalantis, 1 (London J. Morphew/ J. Woodward, 1709).link

The "Secret History", A., was attacked by "The Impartial Secret History", B. Both books were pirated and appeared as a set, A./B., which offered B, the Impartial Secret History misleadingly as The Second Part of the Impartial Secret History:

A. a. The Secret History of Arlus and Odolphus [8] (1710).
b. [...] Second Edition [identical reprint 8] (1710).
c. [...] Third Edition [identical reprint, 8] (1710).
B. a. The Impartial Secret History of Arlus, Fortunatus, and Odolphus [8] (1710).
A./B. (A.)d. The Secret History of Arlus and Odolphus [16] (London: 1710).
(B.)b. The Second Part of the Impartial Secret History of Arlus, Fortunatus, and Odolphus [16] (1710).
Remarks

Fictional names of the protagonists and political tendency link the title to the Queen Zarah (1705)link and Delarivier Manley's The New Atalantis (1709).link - The empress [Queen Anne] dismisses the [whig] administration after a quarrel about the continuation of the war [against France]. Arlus [Harley] informs his partners Odolphus [Godolphin] and Fortunatus [Marlborough] of conditions of a peace treaty, following their personal interests they turn down the proposal. Arlus addresses the queen - Hautisara [Haughty Zarah, the Duchess of Marlborough] and Fortunatus do the same - with more success as the queen is made believe that Arlus is actually the machinator of an intrigue against his colleagues. Using all his irony the narrator manages to give us the clearer picture. Best scenes p.16-26: the dialogues with the queen.

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