The report of the proceedings of the Court of King's Bench ... being the mock trials of Richard Carlisle, for alleged blasphemous libels, in publishing Thomas Paine's theological works and Elihu Palmers Principles of Nature...

London: printed and published by R. Carlisle, 1826. 8vo, pp. xx, 203, [1]; uncut; later calf-backed marbled boards; front joint cracked; Constitutional Club bookplate; extensive and informed ink notes of an observer of the trial on verso of title and first page of the introduction. Issued in numerous editions. "In 1818 Carlisle challenged the government censors with the publication of Paine's Age of Reason, a work twice before condemned by the courts. To assure arrest he advertised the publication widely. At the investigation of the Society for the Suppression of Vice, Carlisle was arrested and brought to trial. He faced three charges for selling Paine's work, a fourth charge for selling a copy of the Deist containing Elihu Palmer's Principles of Nature, and the fifth charge for the sale of Sherwin's Register. After long delays Carlisle was tried for blasphemy and found guilty for publishing The Age of Reason, and in a second trial for Principles of Nature. The sedition charge for publishing Sherwin's Register was dropped. ... He was found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison and given a heavy fine. Unable to pay his fine Carlisle spent a total of some six years in jail." See McCoy, Freedom of the Press: An Annotated Bibliography C-89 for more details. Of this edition, Harvard Law and UCAL-Northridge only in OCLC. Item #54629

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