A Sketch of the public life and the last trial of Mr Carlile.

London, James Watson, [c. 1831].

8vo, pp. 8; woodcut head-and-shoulders portrait of Carlile to p. 1, caption title; corners somewhat creased and dusty, some light marks; good in recent cloth, spine lettered in gilt.


US $274€234

Make an enquiry

Added to your basket:
A Sketch of the public life and the last trial of Mr Carlile.

Checkout now

First edition, rare. In late 1830, Carlile was indicted for writing in support of the Swing disturbances in his journal The Prompter. In January 1831 he appeared at the Old Bailey on charges of seditious libel and was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and fined £200.

‘Mr Carlile is certainly one of those extraordinary men, who now and then rise up from among the oppressed labourers of an ill-governed country; and adding to a knowledge of the condition of that part of the people from whence they have sprung the boldness and the honesty to seek amelioration, and to spurn all compromise, do, from time to time, work considerable changes’ (p. 3).

Only the Harvard copy in the US on WorldCat.

You may also be interested in...

WOOLRYCH, Humphry W.

Memoirs of the Life of Judge Jeffreys, sometime Lord High Chancellor of England.

First edition of a favourable biography of Judge Jeffreys. A jurist, Humphry William Woolrych (1795–1871) published a life of Edward Coke in 1826 and of Jeffreys the following year, as well as legal texts, a few works of poetry, and a novel. The unrepentant style of this near-hagiography causes Fowles to describe him as an ‘evident Tory’.

Read more


Belfort BAX, and Victor DAVE. The Socialist Platform. No. 4. A short Account of the Commune of Paris.

First and only edition of Morris’s, Bax’s, and Dave’s account of the Commune of Paris of 1871, presented as ‘the starting point of the irresistible Unity of Socialism in Europe and America’.

Read more