Find thousands of books, manuscripts, visual materials and unpublished archives from our collections, many of them with free online access.

The British mercury. Containing 1. The present state of the world, or a philosophical Inquiry into the Origin and Progress of Commerce, Literature, and Politics. 2. The Brain Sucker, or the Distress of Authorship: 3. Account of the Natives of Joanna, an Island in the African Seas: 4. Songs of the Madecassi: 5. Address to the King: 6. The Birth-Day: 7. Correspondence between a Chinese Philosopher, now in England, and a Mandarin at Pekin: 8. Humorous Strictures on the Musical Festival at Westminster Abbey: 9. General View of Affairs in the Summer of 1787: 10. Humorous Account of the Reception which Charlemagne and his Twelve Peers met with at the Court of Hugo, Emperor of Constantinople: 11. The Serpent that tempted Eve defined. 12. La Bagatelle, containing many Original Bon Mots, J'eux D'esprit, &c. 13. On the late Commotions in Holland. 14. On the late Conduct of Lord G. Gordon. 15. On the Paintings exhibited in 1787. 16. Critique on, and Extracts from the Lousiad, Irish Birth-Day Ode, King's Weston Hill, Nina, &c. &c. 17. Curious extracts from Foreign Publications, &c. &c. To Which IS Now Added, The Priests of Apollo; A Song From The Original Hebrew. Embellished with three caricature prints, Exhibiting The Brain-Sucker, the British Lion, and Moses erecting the Brazen Serpent in the Desart.

  • Oswald, John, -1793.
  • Books
  • Online

Online resources

About this work


London : printed for J. Ridgway, No. 1, York-Street, St. James's-Square, and L. Macdonald, No. 454, opposite Villers-Street, Strand, M.DCC.LXXXVIII. [1788]

Physical description

36,4,[1],38-102,[3],104-138p.,plates ; 12⁰.


British mercury


A new edition.

References note

ESTC T135275

Reproduction note

Electronic reproduction. Farmington Hills, Mich. : Thomson Gale, 2003. (Eighteenth century collections online). Available via the World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreements.



  • English

Permanent link