A Notable Freethinker and Publisher Of Thomas Paine Reports One of His Blasphemy Trials [Trial]. Carlile, Richard [1790-1843], Defendant and Reporter. The Report of the Proceedings of the Court of King's Bench, In the Guildhall, London, On the 12th, 13th, 14th, And 15th Days of October, 1819, Being the Mock Trials of Richard Carlile, For Alledged [sic] Blasphemous Libels, In Publishing Thomas Paine's Theological Works and Elihu Palmer's Principles of Nature; Before Lord Chief Justice Abbott, And Special Juries. London: Printed and Published by R. Carlile, 1826. xx, 203 pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet with untrimmed edges bound into later three-quarter morocco over marbled boards, raised bands, gilt title and gilt institution arms (of Constitutional Club)to spine. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing and a few scuffs to extremities, front joint cracked, rear joint starting, hinges reinforced with cloth tape, bookplate (of Constitutional Club) to front pastedown. Moderate toning to text, negligible light foxing to a few leaves, light soiling and a few finger smudges to title page, extensive notes in contemporary hand to its verso and margins of following page. $750. * Reissue of the only edition, which was published in 1822. Carlile was one of the most prolific freethinking journalist-publisher-political activists of his day. As one would suspect, he was often at odds with the government. In 1819 he was fined 1,500 pounds and imprisoned for three years for six counts of "blasphemous libel." He published this account of the first day of his 1819 trial after his release. It deals with the information against him for publishing Thomas Paine's Age of Reason and Examination of the Passages in the New Testament Quoted from the Old and Called Prophecies Concerning Jesus Christ, which Carlile issued as The Age of Reason, Part the Third. Portions of these were read in court by Carlile with commentary. The manuscript notes were copied from an eyewitness account of the trial published in the London Evening Mail (there is a citation at the head of the notes). The annotator added the following statement: "N.B. No one sh.d read this book without reading afterwards as an antidote to ye blasphemy contained in it, Bishop Watson's Apology for the Bible.". OCLC locates 2 copies.
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