The British mercury; or, Historical and critical views of the events of the present times By J. Mallet du Pan. ..

Mercure britannique. English. (London, England).

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  • Format Journals, Magazines, Newspapers
  • Contributors
  • Publication [English ed.] London [England] : printed for T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies in the Strand; W.J. and J. Richardson at the Royal Exchange; and J. Hatchard in Piccadilly,
  • Publication Dates Began in Sept. 1798; ceased with no. 36, 25 March 1800
  • Physical Details
    • 5 v. (36 no.) ; 20 cm (8⁰)


  • Principal author and editor: M. Jacques Mallet du Pan.
  • In English; a translation of: Mercure Britannique.
  • Title from title page of vol. 2, which also serves as title page for no. IX.
  • Title repeated as caption on first page of text of each issue.
  • V. 4-5 have the words: "Second year" on the title page of each volume.
  • Imprint varies slightly; v. 4-5 read in part: "Printed by A. Strahan, for T. Cadell jun. [et al.]".
  • Issues have designation on first page of text, with volume designation on direction line of each quire.
  • Errata included on last page of each issue.
  • Pagination and signatures continuous in each volume.
  • English edition of M. du Pan's work on Swiss independence and European political affairs during the period of Napoleonic expansion. Nos. 1-3 include a historical essay upon the destruction of teh Helvetic League and liberty; subsequent numbers analyze, country by country, current political events in Europe. Great Britain is discussed last in each issue, with praise. Vol. 5 concludes with an appeal for funds to aid the cause of Swiss independence and an account of Mallet du Pan's death and funeral.
  • Description based on: Volume II. No IX. [No IX. December 29, 1798-No XVI. April 15, 1799.]; title from title page.
  • Reproduction of original from National Library of Scotland.
  • NCBEL, II:1312, 1338
  • Crane & Kaye, 75
  • Ward, W.S. Index of serials, p. 22
  • Times handlist, p. 48
  • English Short Title Catalog, P2523.
  • Translated from the original French.
  • Issued also in Italian and German and in other English and French eds., in western Europe, Britain and Ireland.
  • A second edition of vols. 1 and 2 appeared from the same publishers in 1799.