TRIALS OF PAINE (IN ABSENTIA) AND WINTERBOTHAM

A sammelband of four sedition trials.

London, Edinburgh, 1793-1794.

4 works in 1 vol., 8vo; overall very good in recent quarter green cloth over marbled boards, gilt lettering-piece to spine; ‘Samuel Woodford 11th Febry 1793’ inscribed to title verso of first work; a few old ink stamps of Repton School Library.

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An interesting collection of four important sedition trials of the 1790s: that of Thomas Paine, for the second part of his Rights of Man, which he did not attend and at which he was outlawed; that of the Baptist minister and political prisoner William Winterbotham (1763–1829), who was imprisoned for two years and fined for sermons making reference to the French Revolution and perceived abuses of the contract between king and people; and those of two of the reformers known as the ‘Scottish Martyrs’, Thomas Muir (1765–1799) and Thomas Palmer (1747–1802), who were sentenced to fourteen and seven years’ transportation respectively.

Contents:

[PAINE, Thomas.] The Whole proceedings on the trial of an information ... against Thomas Paine for a libel upon the revolution and settlement of the crown and regal government as by law established; and also upon the bill of rights, the legislature, government, laws, and parliament of this kingdom, and upon the king. Tried by a special jury ... the 18th of December, 1792. Before the Right Honourable Lord Kenyon. Taken in short-hand by Joseph Gurney. Second edition. London, Martha Gurney, 1793.

Pp. 196, [4, advertisements]; title and last page slightly dusty. ESTC T5905.

[WINTERBOTHAM, William.] The Trial of Wm. Winterbotham, assistant preacher at How’s Lane Meeting, Plymouth; before the Hon. Baron Perryn, and a special jury, at Exeter; on the 25th of July, 1793. For seditious words. Taken in short hand by Mr Wm. Bowring. London, for William Winterbotham, 1794.

Pp. vii, [1], 132, [4, errata and adverts]. First edition (four appeared in the same year). ESTC N13844.

[MUIR, Thomas.] The Trial of Thomas Muir, younger, of Huntershill, before the High Court of Justiciary, at Edinburgh, on the 30th and 31st days of August, 1793, for sedition. A new edition, corrected. London, for James Ridgeway, H.D. Symonds, and J. Robertson, [1793].

Pp. [2], 128; with engraved portrait of Muir by J. Kay inserted after title; a few light marks. ESTC T51707.

[PALMER, Thomas Fyshe.] The Trial of the Rev. Thomas Fyshe Palmer, before the Circuit Court of Justiciary, held at Perth, on the 12th and 13th September, 1793, on an indictment for seditious practices ... With an appendix. Edinburgh, for W. Skirving, [1793].

Pp. 195, [1 blank], [2, advertisements]; without the portrait called for by ESTC; small paper flaw to U2 touching a few letters, a very little worming to lower margins, slightly browned. ESTC T93757.

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