Weymouth Libel



[004052] [Weymouth Libel] Rex Versus Bourne, Printer and Publisher of the Weymouth, Poole, and Dorchester Gazette, for a Libel. Weymouth: J. Commins, 1822. First Edition. 8vo. Hardback. Pamphlet. Good. [5], 10-100pp (pi2, B-M4, N2). Modern watered cloth, title in gilt to spine

Light mark to upper cover, internally lightly browned but generally quite bright and clean

The printer was J.[ohn] Commins, (fl. 1816-1836), who was also a bookseller, stationer, bookbinder, and an insurance agent (see BBTI). Attractive use of different typefaces to title

Unrecorded trial, relating to a supposed libel against Rev. John Dupre printed by Thomas Bourne in his newspaper. Despite being directed by the judge to find the defendant not guilty, the jury found him guilty, but ‘recommending the defendant to mercy’

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