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Proposals for printing, by subscription, Tartuffe: or, The holy hypocrite detected and exposed.

Author Cunningham, James, Captain.
Title Proposals for printing, by subscription, Tartuffe: or, The holy hypocrite detected and exposed.
Imprint [Edinburgh?: s.n.],
Date of Publication [1764?]
Language English
Notes This is a single sheet item in the form of a spoof prospectus which is referred to in a 1764 legal action entitled: 'Memorial for Mr. David Blair, minister of the Gospel and Brechin, defender, against Captain James Cunningham, defender'. David Blair (1701-1769), minister at Brechin, believing that his second wife Ann was having an adulterous affair with Captain Cunningham of Balbougie, Fife, published a story that the child recently born to his wife was not his but was fathered by Cunningham. Blair had married his second wife in 1759, his first wife having died some years previously, and is recorded as having one child with her in 1762, a daughter who lived only for a few months. Cunningham denied the charges, but admitted to publishing several satirical publications on Blair of which this is most probably one. The reference to "Tartuffe" in the title recalls the famous 17th-century French comedy by Moliere, in which the main character is a scheming hypocrite, who ostensibly and exaggeratedly feigns virtue, especially religious virtue.
Shelfmark AP.5.209.09
Acquired on 10/04/09
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