Lot 58 of 218:
Important Treatise on Free Speech 1800  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$7,800
Estimate:
$8,000 - $12,000

Title:
A Treatise Concerning Political Enquiry, and the Liberty of the Press
Author:
Wortman, Tunis
Place:
New York
Publisher:
Printed by George Forman... for the author
Date:
1800
Description:

xii, [1], 14-296 pp. (8vo) 20.5x12 cm (8x4¾"), period tree calf, morocco spine label; custom half-morocco clamshell box. First Edition.

First edition of a classic work of libertarian political philosophy and freedom of the press and expression, “the book that Jefferson did not write but should have” (Levy, 283). Tunis Wortman was a New York lawyer and democratic theorist, and penned the work in the wake of the Sedition Act. Wortman writes that "The freedom of speech and opinion... is not only necessary to the happiness of Man, considered as a Moral and Intellectual Being, but indispensably requisite to the perpetuation of Civil Liberty..." An extremely scarce and important political classic. Leonard Levy, Legacy of Suppression, pp.283-289; Evans 39150; Sabin 105514. Bookplate of W. Tarun Fehsenfeld.

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Condition:
A little chipping to spine ends, expert repairs to front joint and spine head; light browning and some mostly marginal dampstaining, very good.
 
Item number:
274383
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