"Iniquity of the Tongue" Sheppard, William [d. 1675?]. Actions Upon the Case for Slander. Or, A Methodical Collection Under Certain Heads, Of Thousands of Cases, Dispersed in the Many Great Volumes of the Law, Of What Words are Actionable, And What are Not. And of a Conspiracy, And a Libel. Being a Treatise of Very Great Use and Consequence to All Men, Especially in These Times, Wherein Actions for Slander are More Common Then in Times Past. With an Exact Table Annexed, For the Ready Finding Out Any Thing Therein. London: Printed for J. Starkey, T. Basset, T. Dring, and J. Leigh, 1674. [viii], 287,  pp. Octavo (6-1/2" x 4-1/4"). Contemporary sheep, rebacked retaining existing spine with raised bands and later lettering piece, blind rules to boards, early hand-lettered title to fore-edge of text block, existing endpapers retained. Light rubbing, some scuffing and a few creases to boards, which are slightly bowed, corners worn, moderate rubbing to spine, pastedowns loose and lightly edgeworn. Moderate toning to interior, slightly heavier at end of text, negligible minor worming to margins, lower corner lacking from leaf B3 (pp. 5-6) with no loss to text, (illegible early signatur to head of title page. $1,500. * Second and final edition. Sheppard's treatise, originally published in 1662 as Action Upon the Case for Slander, was one of the first two books to address the topic. (The other was William March's Actions for Slaunder, 1647.) As indicated by its preface, Sheppard's is especially interesting. " the Tongue, that little Member, set on fire by Hell, is not the least; And among the evils of the Tongue, is there any more pernicious and deadly, and yet more common and epidemical then Backbiting and Slander? (...) It is true, that in former times, wee finde Actions of the Case for Slanderous words very rarely brought; which speaks this much, that such words were then very rarely spoken. But in these daies they are become almost as natural to men, as their language and discourse; and therefore the disease, so deeply rooted, and over-spreading, calls for the application of the Remedy, which our Law doth abundantly furnish us withall. And hence it is, I have been encouraged to ingage in this work; which is nothing else but a naked and Methodi.
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