London: Jacob Tonson, 1682. First Edition, second issue. Small 4to, pp. , 20. Bound in modern thin marbled boards. Leaves toned but a very good tight clean copy. Wing D2311; CBEL II, 264; Macdonald 13aii; ESTC R17608. Item #46505
Dryden published early in 1682 The Medall, a work full of unsparing invective against the Whigs, prefaced by a vigorous and plainspoken prose "Epistle to the Whigs." The opposition party (the nascent Whigs) had a medal struck in Poland to commemorate the release of one of their leaders, the Earl of Shaftesbury, who had been held in the Tower on charges of treason.