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St. Luke's Parish Malt!!! Fairburn's Edition of the Trial Between. Trial, William Wood, Defendant.

St. Luke's Parish Malt!!! Fairburn's Edition of the Trial Between...

"A Figure with the Body, Feet, And Tail of a Rat, With the Head and Face of a Man, (Resembling the Plaintiff)" [Trial]. Wood, William, Defendant. St. Luke's Parish Malt!!! Fairburn's Edition of the Trial between Doctor Smith and Mr. Wm. Wood: For a Malicious and Scandalous Libel Against the Said Doctor Smith, Contained in a Print, Or Picture, Commonly Called a Caricature!! Intitled, "The Inside of a Newly-Reformed Workhouse with All Abuses Removed": In Which Caricature was Depicted 4 Sacks of Parish Malt and a Figure with the Body, Feet, And Tail of a Rat, With the Head and Face of a Man, (Resembling the Plaintiff), Nibbling at Them: Also a Figure of a Women in Breeches, Pulling the Rat by the Tail Intended to Represent the Plaintiff's Wife: With the Defendant Charging the Vestry-Clerk with Receiving ?45 for Bastardy of an Adjoining Parish who with Satan at his Elbow, Prompting Him to Tell a Good Fat Lie, Denies the Charge, &c.: Including the Evidence at Full Length, Taken in Short Hand. Which was Tried in the Court of King's Bench, Guildhall, On Wednesday, January 20, 1813, Before Lord Ellenborough, And a Special Jury. London: Published by John Fairburn, [1813]. 24 pp. Octavo (8" x 5-1/4"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet. Light browning and foxing, moderate edgewear, final few leaves partially detached, negligible light soiling to exterior, "5" in early hand to head of front wrapper. A rare title. $750. * Only edition. "This was an action brought by John Smith, a surgeon and apothecary, (...) against William Wood, a boot and shoe maker, (...), in the same parish; to recover a compensation in damages for publishing a gross, scandalous, and malicious, libel, in the form of a caricature picture, or print, (...) tending to injure and defame the character of the plaintiff.-The damages were laid at one thousand pounds" (pp. 3-4). The court found for the defendant. OCLC locates 1 copy (Cornell University). Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) II:1191.

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