Important Treatise on Libel and Press Liberty by a Jeffersonian Imprisoned Under the Sedition Act Cooper, Thomas [1759-1835]. A Treatise on the Law of Libel and the Liberty of the Press; Showing the Origin, Use, and Abuse of the Law of Libel: With Copious Notes and References to Authorities in Great Britain and the United States: As Applicable to Individuals and to Political and Ecclesiastical Bodies and Principles. New York: G.F. Hopkins & Son, 1830. xxxviii, -184 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, lettering piece and blind fillets to spine, endpapers renewed, speckled edges. Moderate toning to text, light foxing to title page and a few other leaves, small library inkstamp to title page, library annotation to its verso. A nice copy in a handsome binding. $1,000. * Only edition. Cooper, trained as a chemist and lawyer, was a polymath who published books on law, political science, economics, medicine and the natural sciences. A friend of Joseph Priestley and Thomas Jefferson, he was convicted in 1800 under the Sedition Act for libeling President Adams in a 1799 handbill. He went on to become a professor of chemistry at Dickinson College and the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the faculty of South Carolina College in 1819 and became its president in 1820. He is considered one of the intellectual fathers of the secession movement. McCoy, Freedom of the Press C558. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 3445.
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