A Draper is Charged with Seditious Libel for Displaying a Strike Notice in His Shop Window [Trial]. Cook, Samuel [1786-1861], Defendant. A Full Report of the Trial of Samuel Cook, Draper, Dudley, For an Alleged Seditious Libel, Tried at Worcester, Aug. 1, 1827, Before Mr. Justice Littledale. Taken in Short Hand by an Eminent Writer. Dudley [Worcester]: Sold by S. Cook, Draper, 1827. [ii], 72 pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into period-style quarter morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and ornaments to spine, endpapers renewed. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, "4" in early hand to head of title page. $850. * Only edition. Cook, a linen draper and political radical, was found guilty of displaying in his shop window a handbill promoting a nailers' strike that accused government ministers of contributing to the starvation of the people. However, his punishment was light, being bound over for the sum ?200 to receive sentence "when called upon." This pamphlet was published by Cook to raise money for his legal expenses. A note at the foot of p. 72 is an appeal for additional financial assistance: "S. Cook will be happy to receive and Subscriptions towards his late expenses, and towards such subsequent proceedings as may be deemed requisite." OCLC locates 4 copies, 2 in North America (Duke, Southern Illinois University). McCoy, Freedom of the Press (Supplement) IC318.
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