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The trial of John Peter Zenger, of New-York, printer: who was charged with having printed and published a libel against the government; and acquitted. With a narrative of his case. To which is now added, being never printed before, the trial of Mr. William Owen, bookseller, near Temple Bar .
J. Almon, London 1765 - 59, [1]pp. Publisher's ad on the final page. Contemporary marbled paper covered boards, rebacked with russia Provenance: Sir William Forbes (armorial bookplate) The trial of John Peter Zenger and the basis for freedom of the press in America. In 1733, New York journalist and publisher John Peter Zenger published articles critical of Governor William Cosby in his New York Weekly Journal. After a grand jury refused to indict him, the Attorney General Richard Bradley charged Zenger with libel in August 1735. Represented by Andrew Hamilton and William Smith, Sr., the trial represented the first case involving freedom of the press in America, and the first instance in American law where truth was used as a defense against the charge of libel. First published in New York in 1732 (and exessively rare), the present printing is a later edition with a similar 1752 case involving a British bookseller appended. "One of the famous decisions in legal history, establishing the epochal doctrine of the freedom of the press" (Howes). ESTC T51691; Howes Z6; Sabin 106311. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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